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Monday, June 30, 2014

Word of the Day : Irony


Syllabification: i·ro·ny
Pronunciation /ˈīrənē, ˈiərnē

Noun plural : ironies


Early 16th century (also denoting Socratic irony): via Latin from Greek eirōneia 'simulated ignorance'.


*      A situation that is strange or funny because things happen in a way that seems to be the opposite of what you expected.

*      A state of affairs or an  event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often amusing as a result.

*       Incongruity between the actual result of a sequence of events and the normal or expected result

The essential feature of irony is the indirect presentation of a contradiction between an action or expression and the context in which it occurs. In the figure of speech, emphasis is placed on the opposition between the literal and intended meaning of a statement; one thing is said and its opposite implied.

Synonyms : paradox, paradoxical nature, incongruity, incongruousness, peculiarity

Usage /Example

Stone pelting BJP workers staged violent protests in Lucknow and tried to break police barricades against ‘breakdown of law and order in Uttar Pradesh’.


  1. loved d example in d end :-D :-D

  2. Me too...loved the example in d end :))

  3. I like the ease and flow with which the point is conveyed! I always read your write ups, it gives me a pleasant feel Anju.

    1. Of course,I am thrilled with your comment- infact as pleased as punch! Thank you, Shweta.

  4. Nice explanation. But situational irony need not always be funny. A classical example of situational irony is 'being run over by an ambulance.'

  5. Brilliant!!! or what about the man who invented the vaccination for HIV Aids dying of AIDS?