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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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It is a tragic irony that a surge in heat-related deaths occurred after laws were passed in the mid-1990s requiring children to be placed in child-safety seats on vehicles' back seats, where they're more easily forgotten by adults distracted by traffic, by work or family problems or, in some cases, by cell phone conversations.
The tragic irony of this failed war, of course, is that it left our country less respected, compromised our values and our standing across the world, over-stretched our military resources, emboldened our enemies, created openings for other nations to exert their influence and left America more vulnerable.
A further twist of tragic irony is that some of the victims came from families of village guards, who had taken sides with the Turkish state in its fight against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
It then, in a tragic irony, became the vessel on which Owen sailed back to France in 1918 to meet his death.
Although the literary modes of comic romance and tragic irony may at first seem incompatible, the conflict between them is Waugh's way of addressing the tension between human and divine goods (1), a tension such that conversion, supposedly the best thing that can ever happen to one, is so painful.
It's a tragic irony that many of them could have better access to food, but don't.
While researching the series I read many letters and was surprised - knowing the fate of each author - how poignant even the simplest of letters could be and how some of them, unknown to the writer, would contain twists, turns and tragic irony.
And the tragic irony is that all you really want when you are a small boy is to become a big boy.
Later, he nails home a point by recounting the tragic irony of the chief executive of Segway Inc.
IT is a tragic irony that in a country like Pakistan: ogether, which holds the promise of doling out aid to a nation in trouble, an influential person could get his loan, worth millions, easily written off.
It is a tragic irony to think that in India, a country now wealthy enough that roughly half of the people own phones, about half cannot afford the basic necessity and dignity of a toilet," Zafar Adeel, Director of United Nations University's Canada-based think-tank for water, the Institute for Water, Environment and Health, said.
Although initial signs pointed to an accident with no indication of foul play, the death of a Polish president and much of the Polish state and defence establishment in Russia en route to commemorating one of the saddest events in Poland's long and complicated history with Russia, was laden with tragic irony.