ADJ. great, heavy She tried to ignore the heavy irony in his voice. | gentle She congratulated him with gentle irony. | bitter, cruel, tragic | neat, nice It is a nice irony that the Minister of Transport missed the meeting because her train was delayed. | final, supreme, ultimate The final irony was that he became Minister of Education having left school at 12. | dramatic (= in a play, when a character's words carry an extra meaning that the character is not aware of)
QUANT. hint, touch, trace He thanked us all without a touch of irony.
PREP. by a … ~ By a cruel irony, he died in a crash while returning home from the war.