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irony

noun cynicism, ironia, mockery, sarcasm, satire

IRONY, rhetoric. A term derived from the Greek, which signifies dissimulation. It is a refined species of ridicule, which, under the mask of honest simplicity or ignorance, exposes the faults and errors of others, by seeming to adopt or defend them.
     2. In libels, irony may convey imputations more effectually than direct assertion, and render the publication libelous. Hob. 215; Hawk. B. 1, c. 73, s. 4; 3 Chit. Cr. Law, 869, Bac. Ab. Libel, A 3.

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In the country of ironies, a leading member of the new majority finds no embarrassment in threatening the leading member in the new opposition with putting him and his allies in prison.
Vlastos rejects Xenophon as an authentic historical source for the philosophical doctrine of the historical Socrates because his work does not contain the kind of complex ironies embodied in disavowals of knowledge and teaching.
Hutcheon's resulting Wagner ironies appear cliched and too one-sidedly personal, reflecting a ludicly flippant intentionality not suiting an author concerned with a relatively grave subject.
The part of the fragment that--according to Schlegel--should not have been misunderstood is the part where everything was said "almost without any irony at all," while the part that should have been incomprehensible is where "the irony begins" ("und da fangt nun auch schon die Ironie an," 366; Wheeler, 35).
And, tuning into this frequency, the reader is left, like Invisible Man, wi th no resolution to the many ironies and contradictions to which he has been exposed.
To attend to Morris' transformation of his prototype is to leave aside the work's pat ironies the better to follow the ways in which the newcomer sought to insert a legible identity for himself into an established scene by reversing certain of its defining components.
Whether you call it the Mother of All Wedding Presents or the Mother of All Ironies, one thing is certain: Mark Graves' winning of an Alaska Airlines 737 (NYSE:ALK) for a Cinco de Mayo getaway to Cabo San Lucas with his fiance and 49 other friends and family members was one-in-a-million.
And, irony of ironies, the two will end up in love.
Like other translators, Wootton misses some chances to capture the ironies that make Utopia so disconcertingly serious and ambiguously playful.
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It's a proud moment that's not without a few ironies.