tragic irony


noun

dramatic irony in tragic drama.

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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