tragic irony


noun

dramatic irony in tragic drama.

Nearby words

  1. tragedize,
  2. tragedy,
  3. tragic,
  4. tragic flaw,
  5. tragic hero,
  6. tragicomedy,
  7. tragicomic,
  8. tragion,
  9. tragopan,
  10. tragus

Origin of tragic irony

First recorded in 1825–35

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British Dictionary definitions for tragic irony

tragic irony

noun

the use of dramatic irony in a tragedy (originally, in Greek tragedy), so that the audience is aware that a character's words or actions will bring about a tragic or fatal result, while the character himself is not
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