The noun "irony" can be both countable and uncountable.
Meaning: humour in which someone says the opposite of what they really mean
Example sentence: She looked really sick, and she said, with a smile and much irony, "I've never felt better in my life."
Meaning: an event or situation that involves a contradiction of some sort
Example sentence: One of life's little ironies is that the more we worry about our own happiness, the less happy we are.
Test your understanding:
- By a cruel irony, just after I'd bought a new car, the police found my stolen one.
- We knew he hadn't meant it literally because he'd said it with a lot of irony.