Definition of tragic irony noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


tragic irony

BrE BrE//ˌtrædʒɪk ˈaɪrəni//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌtrædʒɪk ˈaɪrəni//
[uncountable] (specialist)
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a technique in literature in which a character’s actions or thoughts are known to the reader or audience but not to the other characters in the story
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: tragic irony