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Definition of 'irony'

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The irony of this situation is striking. Times, Sunday Times (2016)A diplomatic source said: 'The irony is that the royal family has used oil to slow down social change. Times, Sunday Times (2016)What kind of cruel irony embedded this peace directive in the very source of my discontent? Christianity Today (2000)The great irony is that it was a relationship borne from more worrying beginnings. Times, Sunday Times (2014)There was a certain irony in the timing of the announcement. Times, Sunday Times (2008)His failure to see the irony is perhaps inevitable. The Times Literary Supplement (2013)There was an added irony to the situation. Times, Sunday Times (2009)There is a bitter irony to her decline. The Sun (2011)There is a cruel irony for cancer care in this country. Times, Sunday Times (2015)She has a great sense of irony. Times, Sunday Times (2015)There was a certain irony in the run of play. Times, Sunday Times (2015)There is a further touch of irony to the situation. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Such are the bitter ironies of history. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Do you find his use of irony effective in making his argument and in convincing you to share his view? Goshgarian, Gary Exploring language (6th edn) (1995)Nobody sees the irony except me. Times, Sunday Times (2008)There is humour, irony and satire. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Wouldn't that be a delicious irony? The Sun (2011)It allows for difference, irony and humour. Times, Sunday Times (2010)I look for traces of irony but find none. Times, Sunday Times (2010)There is a delicious irony about a campaign promising more honesty in politics through the deployment of an argument it must know to be entirely dishonest. Times, Sunday Times (2011)He said: 'The irony is my initial instinct was to have wind turbines. Times, Sunday Times (2007)We defuse situations and transmit subtle messages through irony, humour and self-deprecation. Times, Sunday Times (2012)He said: 'The irony of the recent managerial situation at my previous club does not escape me. The Sun (2010)The irony is not subtle: they tidy up the mess of other people's lives but their own are smothered by chaos. Times, Sunday Times (2009)One neighbour said: 'The irony is that he has green energy at home but his firm is behind this terrible oil spill. The Sun (2010)

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Translations for 'irony'

British English: irony /ˈaɪrənɪ/ NOUN
Irony is a form of humour which involves saying things that you do not mean.
There was no irony in his voice.
  • American English: irony
  • Arabic: سُخْرِيَّة
  • Brazilian Portuguese: ironia
  • Chinese: 讽刺
  • Croatian: ironija
  • Czech: ironie
  • Danish: ironi
  • Dutch: ironie
  • European Spanish: ironía
  • Finnish: ironia
  • French: ironie
  • German: Ironie
  • Greek: ειρωνεία
  • Italian: ironia
  • Japanese: 皮肉
  • Korean: 풍자
  • Norwegian: ironi
  • Polish: ironia
  • European Portuguese: ironia
  • Romanian: ironie
  • Russian: ирония
  • Spanish: ironía
  • Swedish: ironi
  • Thai: การประชด
  • Turkish: ince alay
  • Ukrainian: іронія
  • Vietnamese: sự mỉa mai

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