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irony
used in War and Peace

2 meanings, 58 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
situational irony
Definition
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together — especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
  • Napoleon turned to him with a pleasant, though slightly ironic, smile. "They tell me this is the room the Emperor Alexander occupied? Strange, isn't it, General?"
    Book Nine — 1812 (28% in)
ironic = as though amused that what happened is very different than what might have been expected
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2  —1 use as in:
verbal irony
Definition
saying one thing, while meaning the opposite or something else — usually as humor or sarcasm
  •   "We had our hands full last night. However, I think the
    regiment is not a bad one, eh?"
      The battalion commander perceived the jovial irony and laughed.
    Book Two — 1805 (2% in)
irony = saying one thing while meaning the opposite
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?  —56 uses
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  • It would be a mistake to think that this is ironic—a caricature of the historical accounts.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (75% in)
  • Set your friend's mind at rest," said he without altering his tone, beneath the politeness and affected sympathy of which indifference and even irony could be discerned.
    Book One — 1805 (1% in)
  • "Yes: ideas of robbery, murder, and regicide," again interjected an ironical voice.
    Book One — 1805 (16% in)
  • Prince Andrew smiled ironically.
    Book One — 1805 (20% in)
  • "We here in Moscow are more occupied with dinner parties and scandal than with politics," said he in his quiet ironical tone.
    Book One — 1805 (47% in)
  • "Well, then, old chap, mon tres honorable Alphonse Karlovich," said Shinshin, laughing ironically and mixing the most ordinary Russian expressions with the choicest French phrases—which was a peculiarity of his speech.
    Book One — 1805 (51% in)
  • Berg, oblivious of irony or indifference, continued to explain how by exchanging into the Guards he had already gained a step on his old comrades of the Cadet Corps; how in wartime the company commander might get killed and he, as senior in the company, might easily succeed to the post; how popular he was with everyone in the regiment, and how satisfied his father was with him.
    Book One — 1805 (52% in)
  • "And our share?" asked the princess smiling ironically, as if anything might happen, only not that.
    Book One — 1805 (66% in)
  • Prince Andrew was silent, but the princess noticed the ironical and contemptuous look that showed itself on his face.
    Book One — 1805 (94% in)
  • There was a look of tenderness, for he was touched, but also a gleam of irony on his face.
    Book One — 1805 (96% in)
  • And this "Well!" sounded coldly ironic, as if he were saying,: "Now go through your performance."
    Book One — 1805 (**% in)
  • Though there was no definite news of an Austrian defeat, there were many circumstances confirming the unfavorable rumors that were afloat, and so Kutuzov's suggestion of an Austrian victory sounded much like irony.
    Book Two — 1805 (12% in)
  • "Please have a look at it"—and Kutuzov with an ironical smile about the corners of his mouth read to the Austrian general the following passage, in German, from the Archduke Ferdinand's letter: We have fully concentrated forces of nearly seventy thousand men with which to attack and defeat the enemy should he cross the Lech.
    Book Two — 1805 (12% in)
  • With delicate irony he questioned Prince Andrew about the details of his interview with the Emperor, about the remarks he had heard at court concerning the Krems affair, and about some ladies they both knew.
    Book Two — 1805 (64% in)
  • In spite of Prince Andrew's disagreeable, ironical tone, in spite of the contempt with which Rostov, from his fighting army point of view, regarded all these little adjutants on the staff of whom the newcomer was evidently one, Rostov felt confused, blushed, and became silent.
    Book Three — 1805 (45% in)
  • "In that case he is inviting his doom by awaiting our attack," said Langeron, with a subtly ironical smile, again glancing round for support to Miloradovich who was near him.
    Book Three — 1805 (67% in)
  • He smiled ironically.
    Book Three — 1805 (67% in)
  • "Ma foi, sire, nous ferons ce qui sera dans notre possibilite, sire," * he answered gaily, raising nevertheless ironic smiles among the gentlemen of the Tsar's suite by his poor French.
    Book Three — 1805 (82% in)
  • Rostov was talking merrily to his two friends, one of whom was a dashing hussar and the other a notorious duelist and rake, and every now and then he glanced ironically at Pierre, whose preoccupied, absent-minded, and massive figure was a very noticeable one at the dinner.
    Book Four — 1806 (33% in)
  • Boris smiled circumspectly, so that it might be taken as ironical or appreciative according to the way the joke was received.
    Book Five — 1806-07 (30% in)
  • "Plans!" repeated Prince Andrew ironically.
    Book Five — 1806-07 (50% in)
  • Prince Andrew looked silently at Pierre with an ironic smile.
    Book Five — 1806-07 (52% in)
  • It was evident that Prince Andrew's ironical tone toward the pilgrims and Princess Mary's helpless attempts to protect them were their customary long-established relations on the matter.
    Book Five — 1806-07 (62% in)
  • Prince Andrew for the second time asked the adjutant on duty to take in his name, but received an ironical look and was told that his turn would come in due course.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (11% in)
  • Besides this the general opinion of all who had known him previously was that he had greatly improved during these last five years, having softened and grown more manly, lost his former affectation, pride, and contemptuous irony, and acquired the serenity that comes with years.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (13% in)
  • He told the count of his interview with Sila Andreevich (Kochubey spoke of Arakcheev by that nickname with the same vague irony Prince Andrew had noticed in the Minister of War's anteroom).
    Book Six — 1808-10 (13% in)
  • Now he would take up the position of a practical man and condemn dreamers; now that of a satirist, and laugh ironically at his opponents; now grow severely logical, or suddenly rise to the realm of metaphysics.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (20% in)
  • At the end of the meeting the Grand Master with irony and ill-will reproved Bezukhov for his vehemence and said it was not love of virtue alone, but also a love of strife that had moved him in the dispute.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (26% in)
  • He sat rather sideways in the armchair next to the countess, arranging with his right hand the cleanest of gloves that fitted his left hand like a skin, and he spoke with a particularly refined compression of his lips about the amusements of the highest Petersburg society, recalling with mild irony old times in Moscow and Moscow acquaintances.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (45% in)
  • He listened with quiet irony to Bitski's enthusiastic account of it.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (65% in)
  • "Fourthly and finally," the father said, looking ironically at his son, "I beg you to put it off for a year: go abroad, take a cure, look out as you wanted to for a German tutor for Prince Nicholas.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (83% in)
  • To his former pretexts for irony a fresh one was now added—allusions to stepmothers and amiabilities to Mademoiselle Bourienne.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (98% in)
  • Natasha glanced at her ironically without knowing why.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (34% in)
  • "Am I spoiled for Andrew's love or not?" she asked herself, and with soothing irony replied: "What a fool I am to ask that!
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (49% in)
  • Dolokhov banged down the lid of his desk and turned to Anatole with an ironic smile: "Do you know?
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (72% in)
  • "Is it satisfaction you want?" said Pierre ironically.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (91% in)
  • He paused, looked ironically straight into Balashev's eyes, and said in a quiet voice: "And yet what a splendid reign your master might have had!"
    Book Nine — 1812 (25% in)
  • He nodded hurriedly in reply to Chernyshev, and smiled ironically on hearing that the sovereign was inspecting the fortifications that he, Pfuel, had planned in accord with his theory.
    Book Nine — 1812 (45% in)
  • "He writes about this war," said the prince, with the ironic smile that had become habitual to him in speaking of the present war.
    Book Ten — 1812 (5% in)
  • "Always busy," replied Michael Ivanovich with a respectfully ironic smile which caused Princess Mary to turn pale.
    Book Ten — 1812 (6% in)
  • As soon as he came across a former acquaintance or anyone from the staff, he bristled up immediately and grew spiteful, ironical, and contemptuous.
    Book Ten — 1812 (14% in)
  • "Why, so as not to lay waste the country we were abandoning to the enemy," said Prince Andrew with venomous irony.
    Book Ten — 1812 (66% in)
  • "I don't understand what is meant by 'a skillful commander,' " replied Prince Andrew ironically.
    Book Ten — 1812 (66% in)
  • Napoleon made ironic remarks during Fabvier's account, as if he had not expected that matters could go otherwise in his absence.
    Book Ten — 1812 (70% in)
  • Having listened to her mother's objections, Helene smiled blandly and ironically.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (17% in)
  • Prince Andrew smiled just perceptibly and for the first time, but Princess Mary, who knew his face so well, saw with horror that he did not smile with pleasure or affection for his son, but with quiet, gentle irony because he thought she was trying what she believed to be the last means of arousing him.
    Book Twelve — 1812 (89% in)
  • Prince Andrew had thought and said that happiness could only be negative, but had said it with a shade of bitterness and irony as though he was really saying that all desire for positive happiness is implanted in us merely to torment us and never be satisfied.
    Book Thirteen — 1812 (60% in)
  • "Well, never mind!" and immediately, blushing and looking anxiously at the officers to see if they appeared ironical, he said: "May I call in that boy who was taken prisoner and give him something to eat?
    Book Fourteen — 1812 (37% in)
  • "That kind of amiable talk would be suitable from this young count of sixteen," said Dolokhov with cold irony, "but it's time for you to drop it."
    Book Fourteen — 1812 (42% in)
  • While the soldiers were shouting Kutuzov leaned forward in his saddle and bowed his head, and his eye lit up with a mild and apparently ironic gleam.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (10% in)
  • At present he still forgot what was said to him and still did not see what was before his eyes, but he now looked with a scarcely perceptible and seemingly ironic smile at what was before him and listened to what was said, though evidently seeing and hearing something quite different.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (22% in)
  • Formerly she had felt that he regarded her with indifference and irony, and so had shrunk into herself as she did with others and had shown him only the combative side of her nature; but now he seemed to be trying to understand the most intimate places of her heart, and, mistrustfully at first but afterwards gratefully, she let him see the hidden, kindly sides of her character.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (22% in)
  • "Yes," replied Pierre with the smile of mild irony now habitual to him.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (29% in)
  • At first he spoke with the amused and mild irony now customary with him toward everybody and especially toward himself, but when he came to describe the horrors and sufferings he had witnessed he was unconsciously carried away and began speaking with the suppressed emotion of a man re-experiencing in recollection strong impressions he has lived through.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (30% in)
  • Before analyzing the properties of manure, before entering into the debit and credit (as he ironically called it), he found out how many cattle the peasants had and increased the number by all possible means.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (49% in)
  • Nicholas repeated with a shade of irony, and he took up the book.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (68% in)

There are no more uses of "irony" in War and Peace.

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