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

: 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

:  relating to, containing, or constituting irony <an ironic remark> <an ironic coincidence>
:  given to irony <an ironic sense of humor>
iron·i·cal·ness \-ni-kəl-nəs\ noun

Variants of IRONIC

iron·ic also iron·i·cal \-ni-kəl\

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.

First Known Use of IRONIC


Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody


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