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Dictionary definition for: Irony

1. (n) witty language used to convey insults or scorn; "he used sarcasm to upset his opponent" "irony is wasted on the stupid" "Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody''s face but their own"--Johathan Swift

2. (n) incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs; "the irony of Ireland''s copying the nation she most hated"

3. (n) a trope that involves incongruity between what is expected and what occurs

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