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

Definition of ironically

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

Examples of ironically in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Perhaps ironically, this realization has sparked inspiration. Jennifer Miller, Washington Post, "The Risks and Rewards of the Covid Career Makeover," 21 Oct. 2020 Somewhat ironically the Hogs are tied with Auburn, who if not for an officiating error the Razorbacks would have beaten and been tied for second with Texas A&M at 3-1. Wally Hall, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | WALLY HALL: It's been too long," 19 Oct. 2020 The key to staying warm is, ironically, not getting too warm. Outside Online, "11 Ways to Stay Warm This Winter," 19 Oct. 2020 Abbie Hoffman, who blew a kiss to the jury, dressed ironically in judicial robes with Jerry Rubin. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "The True Story Behind The Trial of the Chicago 7," 17 Oct. 2020 Whitelisting is already enforced in Switzerland, somewhat ironically. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Can digital cash survive contact with its enemies?," 14 Oct. 2020 Except now these parenting pivots are happening inside this massive global pivot, this vast upheaval that is, ironically, taking place inside stillness: our lives have taken a seismic hit, even though nobody is moving very much or very far. TheWeek, "I hated video games. Now I'm happy my son plays them.," 10 Oct. 2020 Sadly, and ironically, disapproval of Congress is one of the few things that continues to unite Americans these days. Dean Phillips And Dusty Johnson, Star Tribune, "Even now, some of us in Congress are trying to find bipartisan compromise to revive the economy," 9 Oct. 2020 But the pandemic presented an ideal time to leave the stress and — ironically — the noise of city life for something much more peaceful. Britt Julious,, "No matter which version of Angel Marcloid you get, you know it’s going to be good. Nonlocal Forecast is about healing for the lauded Chicago artist," 8 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of ironically

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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28 Oct 2020

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“Ironically.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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