It's a large concept, but irony can be broken down into three central categories. We'll define each of these three main types of irony, and provide. The main feature of verbal irony that sets it apart from the other different types of irony is that it is used by a speaker intentionally. It occurs in a conversation. Another interesting thing is that the latter kind of "irony ", which Thomas has aptly named "situational irony", seems to be largely an anglophone.