“For a better life,” one of the relatives at his bedside said with no irony at all.
Except the last time that irony occurred, 600,000 Americans died.
The irony of course is that Medicaid is a poorly structured program that delivers notoriously disappointing results.
The irony is that the next four years will be incredibly important.
The irony of our success in Iraq is that the country may push us out even sooner than Obama plans.
Following him into the garden next morning, he said to himself: 'No irony—that's fatal.
Here is a specimen of his graceful blending of irony and humor.
There was a touch of irony in the tone, to the only one there who had the key to its burden.
But there was irony in Caroline's voice as she spoke; and she sighed heavily.
"Whether England is still in existence or not, I suppose," said Servadac, in a tone of irony.
c.1500, from Latin ironia, from Greek eironeia "dissimulation, assumed ignorance," from eiron "dissembler," perhaps related to eirein "to speak" (see verb). Used in Greek of affected ignorance, especially that of Socrates. For nuances of usage, see humor. Figurative use for "condition opposite to what might be expected; contradictory circumstances" is from 1640s.