Something, such as a job, purpose, or environment, in a (possibly consistent) situation showing the opposite of its intended function.
A SUV with a bumper sticker that says keep earth green. (Example not created by me.)
This shows irony because SUVs tend to use up a lot of gas, therefore poluting the earth; it is, in essence, the opposite of what the sign said, advising others to keep the earth unpoluted.
"The zookeepers were trapped in the huge gymroom."
The irony is based on the fact zookeepers are the workers of a business thats purpose is to keep animals caged. Now, the people who cause this upon others are now in the same state themselves. This is a more subtle form of irony.
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