iro·ny /ˈaɪrəni ||ˈaɪ(ə)rni/
1. Made or consisting of iron; partaking of iron; iron; as, irony chains; irony particles; -- In this sense iron is the more common term. [R.]
2. Resembling iron in taste, hardness, or other physical property.
1. Dissimulation; ignorance feigned for the purpose of confounding or provoking an antagonist.
2. 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.
n 1: witty language used to convey insults or scorn; "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 [syn: sarcasm, satire, caustic
2: incongruity between what might be expected and what actually
occurs; "the irony of Ireland's copying the nation she
3: a trope that involves incongruity between what is expected
and what occurs