iron·​i·​cal·​ly | \ ˌī-ˈrä-ni-k(ə-)lē also i-ˈrä- How to pronounce ironically (audio) \

Definition of ironically

1 : in an ironic manner
2 : it is ironic, curious, or surprising

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That market power was ironically confirmed by Ms. Warren, who decided to run advertisements for her proposal on—where... Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Facebook, This Isn’t How You Make Friends," 12 Mar. 2019 Perhaps ironically, too much water too fast was California’s most recent water problem. National Geographic, "From Not Enough to Too Much, the World’s Water Crisis Explained," 22 Mar. 2018 But ironically, historians know more about cannibalism in Europe and colonial America than elsewhere. Pallavi Kottamasu,, "Were cannibals really so bad?," 2 June 2018 And ironically, these good practices give Bali a shot at influencing the dialogue around conscious tourism. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Finding the Bali You Came For," 16 Nov. 2018 The disease was spread by soldiers, ironically at the close of World War I and is thought to have started at Camp Funston, Fort Riley Kansas. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "RetroIndy: 1918 Spanish Influenza was swift and deadly," 31 Jan. 2018 He was released in February but detained again during the state of emergency a month later for meeting with friends — ironically in celebration of their earlier release. Paul Schemm, Washington Post, "After years of unrest, Ethiopians are riding an unlikely wave of hope. Will it last?," 6 May 2018 According to Sannicandro, owner of the (somewhat ironically named) barber shop Hair Medics, the gory stunt was well deserved: 10-year-old DiPalma seriously spooked Sannicandro two months ago by placing a fake cockroach in the barber shop. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Florida barber's bloody ear prank on 10-year-old boy sparks mixed reactions," 2 Aug. 2018 After being sent to King’s Landing in a rowboat by Ser Davos back in Season 3, Gendry has been putting his blacksmith skills to work, ironically making swords for the Lannisters—the very people who killed his family. Chanel Vargas, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Game of Thrones Fans Are Furious About This Moment Between Jon Snow and Gendry," 15 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of ironically

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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