|i·ro·ny (r-n, r-)|
n. pl. i·ro·nies
- The use of words to express something different from and often opposite to their literal meaning.
- An expression or utterance marked by a deliberate contrast between apparent and intended meaning.
- A literary style employing such contrasts for humorous or rhetorical effect. See Synonyms at wit1.
- Incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs: Hyde noted the irony of Ireland’s copying the nation she most hated (Richard Kain).
- An occurrence, result, or circumstance notable for such incongruity. See Usage Note at ironic.
This morning I awoke to discover that the icicle lights hanging from my house had icicles hanging off of them.