dramatic irony


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dramatic irony

n.
A contrast in storytelling, as in a play or novel, between what a character believes is true, as revealed by dialogue or action, and what the audience or reader knows is true.

dramatic irony

n
(Theatre) 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

dramat′ic i′rony


n.
irony derived from the audience's understanding of a speech or a situation not grasped by the characters in a dramatic piece.
[1905–10]
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Noun1.dramatic irony - (theater) irony that occurs when the meaning of the situation is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play
dramatic art, dramaturgy, theater, theatre, dramatics - the art of writing and producing plays
irony - a trope that involves incongruity between what is expected and what occurs
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