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1984 (Nineteen Eighty-Four) by Orwell
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irony
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1984 (Nineteen Eighty-Four) by Orwell
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as in: situational irony Define
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things seem incongruous together -- especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
  • ’What shall it be this time?’ he said, still with the same faint suggestion of irony.

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  • She didn’t see the irony in acting like the mother she detested.
  • Ironically, he did not do as well when he concentrated on not making mistakes.

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unspecified meaning
  • She stood before him very upright, with a smile on her face that looked faintly ironical, as though she were wondering why he was so slow to act.
  • More even than of strength, he gave an impression of confidence and of an understanding tinged by irony.

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  • Even his spectacles seemed to wear an ironical gleam.
  • ’They got me a long time ago,’ said O’Brien with a mild, almost regretful irony.

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as in: situational irony Define
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things seem incongruous together -- especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
as in: verbal irony Define
saying or writing one thing, while meaning the opposite or something else -- usually as humor or sarcasm
as in: dramatic irony Define
when the meaning of a situation is understood by the reader or audience but not by the characters in the story (such as in the play, Romeo and Juliet)
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