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Irony - Glossary of Terms


Irony is the use of an expression, which is often mildly sarcastic or humorous, to express the opposite of its literal meaning.


That is just what I needed. (i.e., It isn't.)
I am so glad it has started raining. (i.e., I'm not.)

An ironic event is one that occurs seemingly in mockery of the circumstances.  


James Bellamy, who has campaigned for years against the Dangerous Dogs Act, was hospitalised after a vicious attack by his neighbour's dog.
Mr Paul Jones arrived too late to chair a town-planning meeting due to the roads being grid locked with traffic.
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