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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.
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(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
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irony derived from the audience's understanding of a speech or a situation not grasped by the characters in a dramatic piece.
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|Noun||1.||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|
irony - a trope that involves incongruity between what is expected and what occurs
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