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irony
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Angels & Demons
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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
  • Vittoria found it ironic that she felt more apprehensive in this unlit church than she would swimming at night with barracuda.

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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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  • Vittoria’s concerns, ironically, were somewhat the opposite.
  • The Coliseum, Langdon had always thought, was one of history’s greatest ironies.

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  • The notion, he realized, was ironic.
  • Mortati had always found it pleasantly ironic that the late Pope, God rest his soul, had revealed himself as surprisingly liberal once he had taken office.
  • Ironically, it was the older man who faltered.
  • Rising before him, the niche’s sole contents seemed ironically apropos-a single sarcophagus.
  • The concealment was ironic in this case because the cardinals were obviously submitting votes for themselves.
  • It was ironic, Langdon thought, or perhaps fitting, that the Coliseum had served as the architectural blueprint for Harvard’s Soldier Field-the football stadium where the ancient traditions of savagery were reenacted every fall . crazed fans screaming for bloodshed as Harvard battled Yale.
  • The church’s front stairs were ventaglio-a welcoming, curved fan-ironic in this case because they were blocked with scaffolding, construction equipment, and a sign warning: CONSTRUZZIONE.
  • And the irony of the whole thing is that the Illuminati attack backfired.

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  • It seemed a cruel irony that the only way to save the people now was to destroy the church.

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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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