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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Ironic isn't it that I have led many hundreds of children to North Wales on field study activities and I hope I have shown them the beauty on their "doorstep".
It took Alanis Morissette to sing her her hit song Ironic for me to totally appreciate the term and how best to use it.
Every time she warbles "Isn't it Ironic, don't you think?" I shout at the radio "NO!
For some Catholic prelates, the election of the Philippines to the UN Human Rights Council was ironic yet inspiring at the same time.
Amelia Womack, deputy leader of the Green Party, said it was "ironic" that Newcastle City Council had felled almost twice as many trees as any other authority in the country over the past three years, at a time when the city has not published a clean air strategy.
MARTIN O'NEILL joked that Sean Scannell and Niall Keown declaring for Northern Ireland is 'somewhat ironic'.
Wagering on an Ironic God: Pascal on Faith and Philosophy
The Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre will host the lecture Ironic Historiography: on Art, Nationality and In-between Identities by Dr Sigal Barkai on Wednesday.
SINGER Alanis Morrissette got some stick for the lyrics of her 1996 hit single Ironic.
Her 1995 song, Ironic, which - despite being a huge hit - was frankly a little light on irony, could be re-written with the EU referendum results, and its political fallout, as wonderful new lyrical fodder.
The tracks are "My Choro", "First Come First", "Stucks", "Ironic Dance Suite I", "Ironic Dance Suite II", "Is It Coincidence?", "Love for Magda and Maximus", and "Swingalong".
Particular attention is given to the often contradictory teachings of the book, and the meaning of the term hevel, classically translated as "vanity." The author contends that the book is written in an ironic style, where everything is viewed as hevel, including wisdom, the religious life, and even the teachings of the Book of Kohelet itself.