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irony
used in
Catch-22
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irony
Used in
Catch-22
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  • Then he understood, and almost wept at the irony.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Colonel Korn inquired with ironical tranquillity.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • You know, one good apple can spoil the rest,' Colonel Korn concluded with conscious irony.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • 'I did it in a moment of weakness,' Yossarian wisecracked with glum irony.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Yossarian snickered ironically and joked, 'Put a gun on and start marching with me.'  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Corporal Whitcomb scrutinized the chaplain's face closely for some sign of rebellion and then breezed ahead confidently with concealed irony.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • There was a humorless irony in the ludicrous panic of the man screaming for help to the police while policemen were all around him.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Despite the multiple perils to which Major — de Coverley exposed himself each time he rented apartments, his only injury had occurred, ironically enough, while he was leading the triumphal procession into the open city of Rome, where he was wounded in the eye by a flower fired at him from close range by a seedy, cackling, intoxicated old man, who, like Satan himself, had then bounded up on Major — de Coverley's car with malicious glee, seized him roughly and contemptuously by his…  (not reviewed by editor)

  • 7 McWATT Ordinarily, Yossarian's pilot was McWatt, who, shaving in loud red, clean pajamas outside his tent each morning, was one of the odd, ironic, incomprehensible things surrounding Yossarian.  (not reviewed by editor)

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as in: situational irony
as in: verbal irony
as in: dramatic irony
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