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irony 中文解釋 wordnet sense Collocation Usage
Adjective
/ˈīrənē/,/ˈiərnē/,
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ironies, plural;
  1. Of or like iron
    • - an irony gray color
Noun
  1. The expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect
    • - “Don't go overboard with the gratitude,” he rejoined with heavy irony
  2. A state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often amusing as a result
    • - the irony is that I thought he could help me
  3. A literary technique, originally used in Greek tragedy, by which the full significance of a character's words or actions are clear to the audience or reader although unknown to the character


  1. sarcasm: 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"--Jonathan Swift
  2. incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs; "the irony of Ireland's copying the nation she most hated"
  3. a trope that involves incongruity between what is expected and what occurs
  4. (ironic) dry: humorously sarcastic or mocking; "dry humor"; "an ironic remark often conveys an intended meaning obliquely"; "an ironic novel"; "an ironical smile"; "with a wry Scottish wit"
  5. (ironic) characterized by often poignant difference or incongruity between what is expected and what actually is; "madness, an ironic fate for such a clear thinker"; "it was ironical that the well-planned scheme failed so completely"
  6. (ironically) contrary to plan or expectation; "ironically, he ended up losing money under his own plan"
  7. Irony (from the Ancient Greek εἰρωνεία eirōneía, meaning dissimulation or feigned ignorance) is a rhetorical device, literary technique, or situation in which there is an incongruity or discordance that goes beyond the simple and evident meaning of words or actions.
  8. Irony (stylised as irony) is an album by ACO, released in 2003.
  9. (Ironic (song)) "Ironic" is a song written by Alanis Morissette and Glen Ballard and produced by Ballard for Morissette's third album Jagged Little Pill (1995). It was released as the album's fourth single in 1996 (see 1996 in music). ...
  10. A statement that, when taken in context, may actually mean something different from, or the opposite of what is written literally; the use of words expressing something other than their literal intention, notably as a form of humor; Dramatic irony: a theatrical effect in which the meaning of a ...
  11. (ironic) Both coincidental and contradictory in a humorous or poignant and very improbable way
  12. (ironic) a contrast between what is expected and what actually occurs. For example, in Chapter 1, when the Speaker informs the community that the errant pilot will be released, he uses an "amusing" tone in his voice, but the act of release is a serious, fatal matter.
  13. (ironic) language uses words to mean the opposite of the meaning that they seem to have, as in You’re a great help, I must say! (= no help at all).
  14. (ironic) refers to a statement whose meaning is the opposite of what is expressed, intentionally so stated to make a point. It doesn't mean ‘strange' or ‘paradoxical'.
  15. The discrepancy between what is perceived and what is revealed; language and situations that seem to reverse normal expectations.
  16. Irony takes many forms. In irony of situation, the result of an action is the reverse of what the actor expected. Macbeth murders his king hoping that in becoming king he will achieve great happiness. ...
  17. The contrast between expectation and reality. This incongruity has the effect of surprising the reader or viewer. Techniques of irony include hyperbole, understatement, and sarcasm. See Hyperbole
  18. A situation, or a use of language, involving some kind of incongruity or discrepancy. Three kinds of irony are distinguished:
  19. a situation where something is said but the reader can see a different meaning.
  20. is a situation or state of affairs that seems deliberately opposite to what you expect.
  21. Use of language to convey something entirely different from its literal meaning. Thus, Socrates professed an ignorance that was the mark of true wisdom, and Kierkegaard often tried to provoke his readers by writing exactly the opposite of what he intended for them to believe. ...
  22. stating something by saying another quite different thing, sometimes its opposite. An example is Sir Thomas Wyatt's "And I have leave to go, of her goodness" from his "They flee from me."
  23. is the name given to the effect of meaning created when one thing is said or written but another - sometimes opposite - thing is meant. In speech this effect is created by tone of voice in writing by carefully chosen lexis. The study of such meaning falls within the area known as pragmatics.
  24. A statement where the superficial assertion is not what the author really means. For example, he may say about something, "Oh, wonderful, marvellous, excellent" but mean that it is really very bad.
  25. hiding what is actually reality in order to obtain a desired oratorical or artistic effect; a favorite technique for London's social commentary.