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Irony
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I. Philosophy – II. Practical Theology

I. Philosophy

Irony (from Gk εἰρωνεία/eironeía, “dissimilation,” attested since the 4th cent. bce; Lat. dissimulatio) is disingenuous speech for the purpose of demonstrative exposure or derisive goading: through the expressive characterization of ambiguity, the opposite of what is meant is said. Rectification through reversal is the method of irony, which is employed as an aesthetic means, in the broader se…

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Recki, Birgit and Köhler, Wiebke, “Irony”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_10556>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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