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Sarcasm vs. Irony

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Sarcasmnoun

(uncountable) Use of acerbic language to mock or convey contempt, often using irony and (in speech) often marked by overemphasis and a sneering tone of voice.

‘Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit.’;

Ironynoun

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, often in a humorous context.

Sarcasmnoun

(countable) An act of sarcasm.

Ironynoun

Dramatic irony: a theatrical effect in which the meaning of a situation, or some incongruity in the plot, is understood by the audience, but not by the characters in the play.

Sarcasmnoun

A keen, reproachful expression; a satirical remark uttered with some degree of scorn or contempt; a taunt; a gibe; a cutting jest.

‘The sarcasms of those critics who imagine our art to be a matter of inspiration.’;

Ironynoun

Ignorance feigned for the purpose of confounding or provoking an antagonist; Socratic irony.

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Sarcasmnoun

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’;

Ironynoun

The state of two usually unrelated entities, parties, actions, etc. being related through a common connection in an uncommon way.

Sarcasm

Sarcasm is the use of words usually used to either mock or annoy someone, or for humorous purposes. Sarcasm may employ ambivalence, although it is not necessarily ironic.

Ironynoun

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Ironyadjective

Of or pertaining to the metal iron.

‘The food had an irony taste to it.’;

Ironyadjective

Made or consisting of iron; partaking of iron; iron; as, irony chains; irony particles; - In this sense iron is the more common term.

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Ironyadjective

Resembling iron in taste, hardness, or other physical property.

Ironynoun

Dissimulation; ignorance feigned for the purpose of confounding or provoking an antagonist.

Ironynoun

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.

Ironynoun

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’;

Ironynoun

incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs;

‘the irony of Ireland's copying the nation she most hated’;

Ironynoun

a trope that involves incongruity between what is expected and what occurs

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Irony

Irony (from Ancient Greek εἰρωνεία eirōneía 'dissimulation, feigned ignorance'), in its broadest sense, is a rhetorical device, literary technique, or event in which what on the surface appears to be the case or to be expected differs radically from what is actually the case. Irony can be categorized into different types, including verbal irony, dramatic irony, and situational irony.

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