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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Mikel, also a historian and a futurist, says White’s work has helped inform organizational efforts to leave even less of a trace on the playa than Burning Man has in the past — ironically making her archaeology more challenging. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "The Vanishing City," 13 Aug. 2018 The announcement, ironically, comes at a time of immense tension between the United States, Canada, and Mexico, with a possible trade war on the horizon. Emma Scornavacchi, The New Republic, "Amidst a war of words, North America wins the 2026 World Cup.," 13 June 2018 The financial struggles facing the gubernatorial candidates come, ironically, as the party experiences a surge in activism among its grass roots, mostly stirred by the strong passions aimed at President Trump., "Massie campaign loses communications chief," 24 May 2018 Last: 3 Stats: 10.9 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 3.0 BPG The Hawks leapfrogged one spot to No. 3 via the lottery, which ironically came after initially losing a tiebreaker with the Mavericks for third-best odds. Jeremy Woo,, "2018 NBA Mock Draft 7.1: Projecting All 60 Picks Post-Combine," 21 May 2018 The second tale ironically came from one of McCall’s deputies, who later went on to become sheriff. Lauren Ritchie,, "Pulitzer-winning author Gilbert King releasing second book detailing injustice in Lake County," 14 Apr. 2018 Levy’s law practice focuses, ironically, on defending insurance companies in personal injury cases. Marshall Allen, Ars Technica, "You snooze, you lose: Insurers make the old adage literally true," 21 Nov. 2018 Central-bank officials warn of an economic shock akin to the oil crises of the 1970s or, ironically, the blow to New Zealand in 1973 when the U.K. joined what would become the EU, undermining New Zealand’s position in its major export market. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "U.K.’s Window Into a Less Globalized Economy," 17 Nov. 2018 The collaboration with Stephen Sprouse in 2000 was so groundbreaking and iconic, and ironically, one of the most bootlegged designs of all time. Vogue, "You Won’t Believe What Ava Nirui Dreamed Up for Her New Marc Jacobs Collaboration," 1 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of ironically

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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