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wry
used in Catch-22

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Definition
understated humor — often sarcastic or ironic — often expressed by twisting the face

or (more rarely):  a facial expression showing displeasure
  • 'At least we found out what he dreams about,' Dunbar observed wryly.
    Chapter 12 — Bologna (92% in)
  • He made a wry face at once and threw the rest of the plum tomato into his waste-basket.
    Chapter 21 — General Dreedle (11% in)
  • Yossarian smiled wryly at the futile and ridiculous cry for aid, then saw with a start that the words were ambiguous, realized with alarm that they were not, perhaps, intended as a call for police but as a heroic warning from the grave by a doomed friend to everyone who was not a policeman with a club and a gun and a mob of other policemen with clubs and guns to back him up.
    Chapter 39 — The Eternal City (70% in)
  • He sat up in bed with his back resting against the headboard, lit a cigarette, smiled slightly with wry amusement, and stared with whimsical sympathy at the vivid, pop-eyed horror that had implanted itself permanently on Major Danby's face the day of the mission to Avignon, when General Dreedle had ordered him taken outside and shot.
    Chapter 42 — Yossarian (28% in)

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