iron·i·cal·ly | \ˌī-ˈrä-ni-k(ə-)lē also i-ˈrä- \

Definition of ironically 

1 : in an ironic manner

2 : it is ironic, curious, or surprising

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And also the president was in Russia at the time, ironically enough. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Pod Save America’s Dan Pfeiffer on Recode Media," 2 July 2018 His tool, ironically enough, is a 1962 law giving the president unilateral authority to raise tariffs for national security reasons. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Confesses Illegal Motive, Blows Up Legal Basis For His Trade War," 10 June 2018 This app launched back in 2016 and, ironically enough, was created by the team behind live-streaming video app Meerkat, which was killed off by competitors from Facebook and Twitter. James Vincent, The Verge, "Six apps, services, and features Apple copied for iOS 12," 5 June 2018 But ironically enough, that same legislation is creating ripples in some housing markets that could prove particularly deleterious to second-home owners. Chris Taylor, Fortune, "Why Your Summer House Could Be a Shaky Investment," 29 May 2018 What should be more worrisome to Democrats — ironically enough — are some of the very forces that are working in their favor. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Short-term spending bills epitomize congressional dysfunction and hurt the military," 7 Feb. 2018 And ironically enough, we are erased from Atwood’s fictional and narrative hellscape just so that our struggles can be cosplayed by white women. Clarkisha Kent, The Root, "The Black Woman’s Tale: Why Margaret Atwood’s Espousal of White Feminist Beliefs Shouldn’t Surprise You," 18 Jan. 2018 Knievel suffered numerous injuries as a result of the crash; though ironically the wild wipeout raised his profile like nothing had before. Jace Evans, USA TODAY, "Travis Pastrana nails 3 iconic Evel Knievel stunts in tribute show in Las Vegas," 8 July 2018 The building is owned by and is the former site of Riedel's Flowers; and until mid-April had been a temporary shop for Blue Iris Flowers, because ironically, its permanent shop located in Catonsville was damaged in a fire in February 2017. Cody Boteler,, "Former Riedel's Flowers shop in Arbutus damaged in fire," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of ironically

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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