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dramatic irony

noun
1.
irony that is inherent in speeches or a situation of a drama and is understood by the audience but not grasped by the characters in the play.
Origin of dramatic irony
1905-1910
1905-10
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  • Exit Scales, laughing, and presenting a fine example of dramatic irony to any one in the secret of Fate.

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dramatic irony

noun
1.
(theatre) the irony occurring when the implications of a situation, speech, etc, are understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play
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