Understatement: Literary Definition & Examples

Among many literary devices ‘Hyperbole’ and ‘Understatement’ have a great importance. ‘Understatement’ is quite the opposite of hyperbole. In an hyperbolic statement the words are used to produce an effect of hugeness. But when ‘understatement’ is used, it expresses the contrary effect. The term ‘understatement’ has originated from the Greek term “meiosis”. “Meiosis” means ‘lessening’.… Continue reading Understatement: Literary Definition & Examples

The 3 Types of Irony

Irony is a literary technique & rhetoric device that has been used for many years in speech, art and everyday life. Although irony has been used for a long time, there hasn’t been an exact definition of irony. There have been hundreds of definitions suggested over the years, however, a general consensus is that: Irony Definition Irony is… Continue reading The 3 Types of Irony

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Verbal Irony

Verbal Irony Definition Verbal irony occurs when speakers say the opposite of what they mean. For example: a man may say loudly to a manifestly unattractive woman, “You are more than beautiful!” This guy is obviously a jerk. An ironic jerk. Verbal ironies are mainly the intentional products of speakers. The speakers say what is… Continue reading Verbal Irony

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Situational Irony

Situational Irony Definition Situational irony occurs when the final outcome is contradictory to what was expected. Usually, the episodes in the plot of a story will lead the audience to expect a particular resolution or ending. If such an expected outcome fails and instead another contrary outcome occurs, the absurdity is termed situational irony. Such… Continue reading Situational Irony

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Dramatic Irony

Dramatic Irony Definition A plot device to create situations where the reader knows much more about the episodes and the resolutions before the chief character or characters.  Dramatic irony is a stylistic device that is most commonly used by storytellers, in plays, in the theater, and in movies. For example, the reader may be already aware… Continue reading Dramatic Irony

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Cosmic Irony

Cosmic irony definition: (also known as “Irony of Fate”) this is the idea that some God or gods (like the Fates), or superior being is intentionally creating ironic situations in the lives and minds of humans. Cosmic irony is a sub-type of Situational Irony, with the idea being that some “being” is messing with humans, perhaps… Continue reading Cosmic Irony

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