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irony
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Crime and Punishment
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as in: verbal irony Define
saying or writing one thing, while meaning the opposite or something else -- usually as humor or sarcasm
  • and suddenly Porfiry Petrovitch looked with obvious irony at him, screwing up his eyes and, as it were, winking at him.

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  • She was being ironic when she said she couldn’t wait to see you again.
  • Her voice was dripping with irony as she said, "You look beautiful."

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unspecified meaning
  • His soft, round, rather snub-nosed face was of a sickly yellowish colour, but had a vigorous and rather ironical expression.
  • "Yes, a capital thing," answered Raskolnikov, looking at him almost ironically.

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  • But this stirred Raskolnikov’s spleen more than ever and he could not resist an ironical and rather incautious challenge.
  • "But we know all who had pledges, and you are the only one who hasn’t come forward," Porfiry answered with hardly perceptible irony.
  • You are an ironical person.
  • Dmitri Prokofitch was here, came to see me yesterday—I know, I know, I’ve a nasty, ironical temper, but what they made of it!
  • You are an ironical person!
  • Porfiry repeated, apparently incensed, but preserving a good-humoured and ironical face, as though he were not in the least concerned at Raskolnikov’s opinion of him.
  • The brief remarks that dropped from Pyotr Petrovitch between the clicking of the beads on the reckoning frame betrayed unmistakable and discourteous irony.
  • All were looking at her with such awful, stern, ironical, hostile eyes.

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  • Have you tried?" he added almost ironically.
  • I haven’t yet decided whether to take that money or not," he said, musing again; and, seeming to wake up with a start, he gave a brief ironical smile.

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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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