Definition - Words that say one thing but mean another.

Example -
Saying That sounds like fun! with a tone of voice that says that it wasn't

Etymology -
The word derives from the Latin ironia, which was coined by translating the Greek eironeia (from eiron, dissembler).
Note: To the Greeks, irony denoted "faked ignorance," as in the way that Socrates faked ignorance to provoke discussion.

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation is from 1533:
"When he calleth one self noughty lad, both a shreud boy & a good sonne, the tone in ye proper simple spech, the tother by the fygure of ironye or antiphrasis."
( More Debell. Salem v. Wks. 939/1)

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