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  • a trope that involves incongruity between what is expected and what occurs
  • incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs
    • the irony of Ireland's copying the nation she most hated
  • witty language used to convey insults or scorn
    • he used sarcasm to upset his opponent
    • irony is wasted on the stupid
    • Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own--Jonathan Swift
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