How do you define IRONY?

What is your best definition of IRONY?  How owuld you explain it to a teenager?

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Well I think it is ironic that you want to define irony to teenagers when they are the kings and queens of sarcastic irony.

Irony, sarcasm, satire indicate mockery of something or someone. The essential feature of irony is the indirect presentation of a contradiction between an action or expression and the context in which it occurs. In the figure of speech, emphasis is placed on the opposition between the literal and intended meaning of a statement; one thing is said and its opposite implied, as in the comment, “Beautiful weather, isn't it?” made when it is raining or nasty. Ironic literature exploits, in addition to the rhetorical figure, such devices as character development, situation, and plot to stress the paradoxical nature of reality or the contrast between an ideal and actual condition, set of circumstances, etc., frequently in such a way as to stress the absurdity present in the contradiction between substance and form. Irony differs from sarcasm in greater subtlety and wit. In sarcasm ridicule or mockery is used harshly, often crudely and contemptuously, for destructive purposes. It may be used in an indirect manner, and have the form of irony, as in “What a fine musician you turned out to be!” or it may be used in the form of a direct statement, “You couldn't play one piece correctly if you had two assistants.” The distinctive quality of sarcasm is present in the spoken word and manifested chiefly by vocal inflection, whereas satire and irony, arising originally as literary and rhetorical forms, are exhibited in the organization or structuring of either language or literary material. Satire usually implies the use of irony or sarcasm for censorious or critical purposes and is often directed at public figures or institutions, conventional behavior, political situations, etc.

Wow, like really, they are going to understand this.

I am your worst nightmare. An intelligent smart arse.

I would explain it to a teenager like this: 

Irony means humor that comes from hidden meanings. 

Used in a sentence it would be the following:

Riddler can put you down with such irony that you can't be sure that he mean't it. 

I think that's the best way that I can explain it to a teenager. 

I'll search, while you wait.

A deliberate contrast in what is said or experienced as opposed to what the expected outcome would be.

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You're on your way to a meeting about traffic jams making people late, and you're in a traffic jam and late.


How many examples of irony can you find:
Izzy Einstein and Moe Smith were the most famous Prohibition agents in the country and made almost 5,000 arrests. Therefore, many establishments had signs warning bartenders not to serve Einstein, a task made difficult because of his disguises. However, a perceptive bartender in Detroit “refused to serve him because he insisted he was that ‘Izzy Epstein.’ ‘You mean Einstein don’t you?’ Izzy said. When the bartender insisted it was Epstein, Izzy bet him a drink. When the bartender poured him a drink, Izzy cuffed and arrested him.
“Izzy once tossed his agent’s badge on the bar of a Bowery saloon and — this fat, unkempt individual — asked for a pint of whisky for ‘a deserving prohibition agent.’ The bartender sold it to him, thinking him a great wit.”
After work, the famous (or infamous) Prohibition agents enjoyed relaxing with their favorite beverages, which were beer and cocktails! 
http://www2.potsdam.edu/hansondj/Controversies/Biography-Izzy-Einstein-and-Moe-Smith.html

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