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ironic

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adjective iron·ic \ˌī-ˈrä-nik also i-ˈrä-\

Simple Definition of ironic

  • : using words that mean the opposite of what you really think especially in order to be funny

  • : strange or funny because something (such as a situation) is different from what you expected

Full Definition of ironic

  1. 1 :  relating to, containing, or constituting irony <an ironic remark> <an ironic coincidence>

  2. 2 :  given to irony <an ironic sense of humor>

iron·i·cal·ness play \-ni-kəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of ironic

  1. She has an ironic sense of humor.

  2. It's ironic that computers break down so often, since they're meant to save people time.

  3. It is ironic that the robber's car crashed into a police station.



1576

First Known Use of ironic

1576

Variants of ironic

also iron·i·cal play \-ni-kəl\

Synonym Discussion of ironic

sarcastic, satiric, ironic, sardonic mean marked by bitterness and a power or will to cut or sting. sarcastic implies an intentional inflicting of pain by deriding, taunting, or ridiculing <a critic known for his sarcastic remarks>. satiric implies that the intent of the ridiculing is censure and reprobation <a satiric look at contemporary society>. ironic implies an attempt to be amusing or provocative by saying usually the opposite of what is meant <made the ironic observation that the government could always be trusted>. sardonic implies scorn, mockery, or derision that is manifested by either verbal or facial expression <surveyed the scene with a sardonic smile>.


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