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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.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced the move as "scandalous" and Washington said it was a "tragic irony" that the Jewish state, which had been hit by "thousands of terrorist rockets...
"It is a tragic irony that Israel, which has withstood thousands of terrorist rockets fired at its civilians and its neighborhoods, is now being scrutinized by the ICC." The US underlined that direct negotiations are the only way to resolve differences among Palestinians and Israelis.
It is a terrible and deeply tragic irony that he should die in this way after taking part in a peaceful protest against illegal settlements, centred around the planting of olive trees, on Human Rights Day."
The tragic irony deftly revealed by the new documentary "The Decent One" is that Himmler considered himself a paragon of decency while millions of innocent people died at his hand.
And she and Morrison create a moving mother-daughter bond, especially during Christine's reading of a bedtime story to Rhoda, which the first time around, is full of sunny affection, the second time infused with tragic irony.
But the tragic irony is that Bob Jones death has triggered an expensive and unprecedented race to fill the Police and Crime Commissioner post.
In a tragic irony, he was working with stroke victims in a hospital physiotherapy unit when he suffered his own.
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).
At the inquest last year, South and East Cumbria coroner Ian Smith said it was a "tragic irony" that for 12 months David had raised concerns about risks - yet he was also the man who missed the crucial inspection.