What is the definition of irony?

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Irony has different applications, but generally, Irony is a literary, rhetorical device where the truth is intentionally or unintentionally feigned, masked, or contradicted. In each case, there is a different desired effect. Sarcasm is just one type of irony; saying one thing but meaning the opposite. “Monday mornings are fantastic!” This would be considered verbal irony. A definition of tragic irony: In Romeo and Juliet, Juliet takes a drug to avoid marrying Paris. Romeo believes her to be dead and kills himself. It is ironic because she did so to be with Romeo. Another type of irony is situational irony. This is often exemplified when there is an odd or amusing contradiction; not necessarily a masking or misdirection of truth. Examples: A comedian who dates someone that never laughs; a vegetarian butcher. 

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