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.
double meaning, context, gallows humor, absurdity, incongruity, position, twist, situation, levity, environment, parody, cynicism, climate, backhanded compliment, caustic remark, black humor, event, quip, study atwit, background, circumstance, hilarity, raillery, jibe, equivocation, contradiction, conditions, chaff, badinage, banter, paradox, jeering, slapstick, comedy of errors, humour, repartee, burlesque, innuendo, satire, state of affairs, ambiguity
figure of speech (part of speech: noun)
underestimation (part of speech: noun)
wit (part of speech: noun)
drollness, inventiveness, comedy, trickiness, cunningness, humor, astuteness, resourcefulness, cleverness, wit, adroitness, foxiness, brilliance, canniness, urbanity, shrewdness, facility, wiliness, intellect, scurrility, finesse, sharpness, ingeniousness, artfulness, deftness, craftiness, slyness, sophistry, scintillation, quickness, subtleness
ridicule (part of speech: noun)
flippancy, shame, contempt, indignity, humiliation, roast, disgrace, denigration, ridicule, abasement burlesque, joke, insult, jesting, caricature, travesty, sneering, mockery, taunt, irreverence, derision, deprecation, scorn, fun
- The conductor responded, with pleasant irony: 'It may be that you are not in a hurry, just as you say, but we are. - "The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg and Other Stories", Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) Last Updated: February 18, 2009.
- He tapped the wound lightly, and said with irony: This is my note of hand for my debt, Shon McGann. - "Pierre And His People, [Tales of the Far North], Volume 5.", Gilbert Parker.
- I tried hard to make out more of his still obscured face for there was a note of irony in his voice. - "Greener Than You Think", Ward Moore.