1. [ noun ] witty language used to convey insults or scorn
Synonyms: satire sarcasm caustic_remark

"he used sarcasm to upset his opponent" "irony is wasted on the stupid" "Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own"--Johathan Swift

Related terms: wit satirize sarcastic unsarcastic
2. [ noun ] incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs

: "the irony of Ireland's copying the nation she most hated"

Related terms: incongruity Socratic_irony
3. [ noun ] (rhetoric) a trope that involves incongruity between what is expected and what occurs
Related terms: trope dramatic_irony antiphrasis deserving fine indeed
Similar spelling:   iron