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What is the difference between irony and satire?

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The difference between two terms like this can often quite be complicated to understand. However, the key thing to recognise about these two literary expressions is that irony is a literary technique whereas satire is literary form or genre. Therefore, when we think of these two terms we need to bear in mind that we are thinking of two separate things. Satire is a literary form that, by its very nature, contains a great deal of irony which helps...

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Irony is the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, usually it used for humorous effect. Satire is the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to criticize others usually in the context of politics and other topics of the kind.