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Irony - Glossary of Terms


Irony

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

Examples:

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.  

Examples:

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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