What is Verbal Irony Example

A person who speaks with irony can say one thing but mean the opposite. It is called verbal irony. It is an exciting technique that people typically use to get their point across.

It’s a fun way to convey humor. There are two major types of verbal irony: dramatic (in which circumstances turn out the opposite of what was expected) and situational (when an outcome differs from what people had hoped).

Examples of Irony Verbal:

  1. I am not sure that I care for the idea of leaving home at 8:00 p.m.
  2. Ironically, I have such a great sense of humor – I’m not laughing at all.
  3. The speaker accused the audience of not listening, but he said the words in such a way that the audience very much listened to what he had to say.
  4. He said I love chocolate. He hates it!
  5. For the love of God, let’s get this over with.
  6. I appreciate the offer,” he said with a warm smile, “but I only wash my hands in a lake of fire.
  7. I have been a teacher for over twenty years; I teach IT at a public university. I am very serious when teaching because I believe this is my way of helping students learn, but most say that I am boring when they listen to me.
  8. It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. Yes, here’s our problem: Why isn’t there any food?
  9. I’ve never seen a more beautiful sunset,” said the man with a beer.
  10. My wife is out of town for another two weeks, so as soon as I’m done with these chores, we’re going on an adventure!
  11. We need to lower our budget this year, but I can’t see how we will be able to do even half of what we want.
  12. She is a poor loser but an excellent winner.
  13. You are the most brilliant man in this room.
  14. I’m dying for a smoke,” he said as if he were reading my mind.
  15. Lisa, as you know, I’ve already told you that your talk about the movie plot was just not good enough. But I want to thank you for trying anyway.
  16. I had to apologize to the teacher for laughing at his joke.
  17. I’m so happy that you’re finally engaged to your boyfriend of four months.
  18. Did you sleep through the class again? I can’t believe you’re still in college!
  19. Wow, that’s so cool; the party at your house sounds like it will be a blast!
  20. I bet getting a good education is essential.
  21. That’s great that you took care of all these things yourself. Oh, great job picking out an outfit for prom – how does he look? You’ve worked hard all semester; I’m sure you’ll do great on those tests.
  22. I heard the chem lab blew up last week.
  23. He was faking it the whole time. He was not in love with her, but it was a great show!
  24. He had won the lottery twice in a row; so big were his winnings that he was able to build a mansion and buy several cars.
  25. There was a great deal of light, and it was hot and cloudless. I bathed before the sun rose.
  26. With so much grief and trouble there was great need for joyous events, and the birth of a baby was one of those. But in this instance, the doctor said, “We must have a little talk,” which was not what we had expected.
  27. The strong yen makes my imported goods less competitive” The speaker uses verbal irony to indicate that their business is doing well despite the fact that they say it is not.
  28. I knew what you meant when you told me that you didn’t care about me anymore.
  29. I think you have a problem, but I’m sure you already know.
  30. She flew out of her seat. “Oh, good grief!” She scooted to the edge of the chair and swung her feet onto it.
  31. It is a very low-key book on the topic, but it still conveys some essential ideas.
  32. In the old days, you didn’t have the option of voting for mother and housewife. You had to choose between one or the other.
  33. It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.
  34. They are the world’s champions because they won a game against a weaker team.
  35. I hope, for your sake, that you were being sarcastic.
  36. She said, “I’m sorry I ran over your foot with the car.” It wasn’t exactly an apology since she grinned and showed no remorse.
  37. The robber said to his victim, “I’m sorry I’ve got to do this.
  38. Bob’s mother told her son when he confessed to wrecking a car on the road that she was disappointed in him, but she knew he could have done better than driving drunk.
  39. I told you to wait for me in the car. I guess you didn’t hear that part.
  40. Ironically, I have such a great sense of humor – I’m not laughing at all.
  41. The speaker accused the audience of not listening, but he said the words in such a way that the audience very much listened to what he had to say.
  42. He said I love chocolate. He hates it!
  43.  For the love of God, let’s get this over with.
  44. I appreciate the offer,” he said with a warm smile, “but I only wash my hands in a lake of fire.
  45. I have been a teacher for over twenty years; I teach IT at a public university. I am very serious when teaching because I believe this is my way of helping students learn, but most say that I am boring when they listen to me.
  46. It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. Yes, here’s our problem: Why isn’t there any food?
  47. I’ve never seen a more beautiful sunset,” said the man with a beer.
  48. My wife is out of town for another two weeks, so as soon as I’m done with these chores, we’re going on an adventure!
  49. We need to lower our budget this year, but I can’t see how we will be able to do even half of what we want.
  50. She is a poor loser but an excellent winner.
  51. You are the most brilliant man in this room.
  52. I’m dying for a smoke,” he said as if he were reading my mind.
  53. Lisa, as you know, I’ve already told you that your talk about the movie plot was just not good enough. But I want to thank you for trying anyway.
  54. I had to apologize to the teacher for laughing at his joke.
  55. I’m so happy that you’re finally engaged to your boyfriend of four months.
  56. Did you sleep through the class again? I can’t believe you’re still in college!
  57. Wow, that’s so cool; the party at your house sounds like it will be a blast!
  58. I bet getting a good education is essential.
  59. That’s great that you took care of all these things yourself. Oh, great job picking out an outfit for prom – how does he look? You’ve worked hard all semester; I’m sure you’ll do great on those tests.
  60. I heard the chem lab blew up last week.
  61. He was faking it the whole time. He was not in love with her, but it was a great show!
  62. He had won the lottery twice in a row; so big were his winnings that he was able to build a mansion and buy several cars.
  63. There was a great deal of light, and it was hot and cloudless. I bathed before the sun rose.
  64. With so much grief and trouble there was great need for joyous events, and the birth of a baby was one of those. But in this instance, the doctor said, “We must have a little talk,” which was not what we had expected.
  65. The strong yen makes my imported goods less competitive” The speaker uses verbal irony to indicate that their business is doing well despite the fact that they say it is not.
  66. I knew what you meant when you told me that you didn’t care about me anymore.
  67. I think you have a problem, but I’m sure you already know.
  68. She flew out of her seat. “Oh, good grief!” She scooted to the edge of the chair and swung her feet onto it.
  69. It is a very low-key book on the topic, but it still conveys some essential ideas.
  70. In the old days, you didn’t have the option of voting for mother and housewife. You had to choose between one or the other.
  71. It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.
  72. They are the world’s champions because they won a game against a weaker team.
  73. I hope, for your sake, that you were being sarcastic.
  74. She said, “I’m sorry I ran over your foot with the car.” It wasn’t exactly an apology since she grinned and showed no remorse.
  75. The robber said to his victim, “I’m sorry I’ve got to do this.
  76. Bob’s mother told her son when he confessed to wrecking a car on the road that she was disappointed in him, but she knew he could have done better than driving drunk.
  77. I told you to wait for me in the car. I guess you didn’t hear that part.

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