irony

Definitions

General English

  • noun a way of referring to something where you say the opposite of what you mean
  • noun a situation when something happens at the wrong moment, as if deliberately planned

Media Studies

  • noun humour based on using words to suggest the opposite of their literal meaning
  • noun something said or written that uses humour based on words suggesting the opposite of their literal meaning
  • noun incongruity between what actually happens and what might be expected to happen, especially when this disparity seems absurd or laughable
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