I am trying to define irony. Can you explain if the use of 'the' in the following sentence is grammatically correct?

"Involving the deployment of different levels of knowledge about an event, a situation or a statement"

I think it's a general definition of irony hence 'the' before deployment shouldn't be used.

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Using "the" is correct and idiomatic. You should compare your sentence to other dictionary definitions of irony. It is common to use "the" or "a" in these definitions:

the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite

a literary technique in which the full significance of a character's actions is clear to the audience but unknown to the character.

You could omit "the" to produce a kind of "telegraphese" but your sentence is better with it included.

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