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Definition of irony:

  1. A sort of humor, ridicule, or light sarcasm, which adopts a mode of speech the meaning of which is contrary to the literal sense of the words.
  2. Dissimulation; ignorance feigned for the purpose of confounding or provoking an antagonist.
  3. Made or consisting of iron; partaking of iron; iron; as, irony chains; irony particles.
  4. Resembling iron taste, hardness, or other physical property.

Synonyms:

gallows humor, circumstance, position, study atwit, jeering, event, repartee, ambiguity, banter, black humor, climate, state of affairs, slapstick, caustic remark, paradox, comedy of errors, contradiction, cynicism, context, burlesque, conditions, backhanded compliment, innuendo, parody, hilarity, equivocation, quip, double meaning, satire, chaff, levity, environment, humour, incongruity, badinage, raillery, background, sarcasm, absurdity, jibe, situation, twist.

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