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Understanding the True Meaning of Irony The world is becoming more specific therefore the writing techniques are becoming more specific Writers have a wide variety of literary tools such as allusion metaphor symbolism and irony Irony is the most common and efficient technique of the satirist Since this technique is so popular and is being used in many different ways people do not really understand the true meaning of the word A clear understanding of the word irony as it applies to literature can be attained by an analysis of its formal historical and informal definitions The word irony can be understood by its formal definition First according to the Oxford English Dictionary the word irony has two different denotations The first one is A figure of speech in which the intended meaning is the opposite of that expressed by the words used usually taking the form of sarcasm or ridicule in which laudatory expressions are used to imply condemnation or contemptOED Furthermore the OED states that the second denotation is An instance of this an ironical utterance or expression According to the OED the word irony has two connotations The first connotation is A condition of affairs or events of a character opposite to what was or might naturally be expected a contradictory outcome of events as if in mockery of the promise and fitness of thingsOED Another connotation of the word irony is the etymological sense which is Dissimulation pretence esp in reference to the dissimulation of ignorance practiced by Socrates as a means of confuting an adversaryOED In addition the word irony is an adoption of the Latin word ironia after the Greek word eipwveia which means dissimulation ignorance purposely affected OED The word irony can be also understood by its historical definition To begin with the word irony was first found written in the year 1502 in Ord Crysten Men The sentence that includes the word is such synne is
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