i·ro·ny ( P ) Pronunciation Key (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.
- 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"--Johathan Swift [syn: sarcasm, satire, caustic remark]
- An occurrence, result, or circumstance notable for such incongruity. See Usage Note at ironic.
One of my most beloved of words and pretty much the one constant in my life. I see irony in most things. It keeps me honest, because I know when I start to judge someone or their actions, I tend to recall doing it in the past, or wind up doing the same thing myself one day.
I get a kick out of it when I see it in practice. Not so much laughing at another's misfortune as much as the resulting twist of fate. How often is it that you see someone try to help another and wind up drawn into being part of the blame. Like the guy who revives a person with CPR only to be sued by the one he saves. I had a friend who was a witness to an accident and when he went back to see if he could help, got accused of causing it.
Irony isn't all bad. It sometimes works in your favor. Like that speeding car that was riding your bumper til he finally passes you, only to be seen five minutes later, pulled over for speeding.
Irony comes in all forms and teaches us a very important lesson: Don't take life so serious. Laugh a little! Before you know it, you'll be a part of some cosmic joke!
Life isn't always fair. If it was, just imagine that all those bad things that happen to you are because you deserve it!