WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
tragic irony, 
  • dramatic irony in tragic drama.
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    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    tragic irony n
    1. the use of dramatic irony in a tragedy (originally, in Greek tragedy), so that the audience is aware that a character's words or actions will bring about a tragic or fatal result, while the character himself is not
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