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noun irony pronunciation in British English /ˈaɪrəni/ 
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] a form of humour in which you use words to express the opposite of what the words really mean

    'You've been so kind,' she said, her voice heavy with irony.

    a touch/trace/hint of irony:

    His writing contains a cheerful touch of irony.

  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] a strange, funny, or sad situation in which things happen in the opposite way to what you would expect
    tragic/bitter/cruel irony:

    By a cruel irony, General Franklin was killed at the very moment of his army's great victory.

    the irony (of something) is that:

    The irony is that it would have been faster to have taken the back roads after all.


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