ironist

noun
iro·nist | \ˈī-rə-nist \

Definition of ironist 

: one who uses irony especially in the development of a literary work or theme

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But Bono has always been helplessly earnest, even as an ironist, and whatever his intentions, on Zooropa his celebration of the victories of capitalism and technological innovation sounded sincere. Jonathan Bradley, Billboard, "Dream Up the World You're Gonna Live In: How U2's 'Zooropa' Got the Future Wrong, 25 Years Later," 5 July 2018 Machado was a gentle romantic who blossomed into a wicked ironist. New York Times, "10 New Books We Recommend This Week," 14 June 2018 The gentle romantic blossomed into a wicked ironist whose authorial intrusions, jump cuts and sheer mischief influenced American experimentalists like John Barth and Donald Barthelme. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "A Master Storyteller From 19th-Century Brazil, Heir to the Greats and Entirely Sui Generis," 6 June 2018 Mac, who comes off as a sincere ironist in conversation, rejects the grant-speak claims about most interactive performance. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "Taylor Mac on gay history, 'Hamilton' and his epic 24-hour extravaganza at the Ace," 14 Mar. 2018 An ironist might be suspicious of its concerns: parting, loss, family, war. Charles Finch, USA TODAY, "Egan dives into historical fiction with sparkling 'Manhattan Beach'," 2 Oct. 2017 Unlike his predecessor, Barack Obama, a low-key ironist from the mellow shores of Oahu, the incumbent is a fast-talking agitator from New York, a city of 8.5 million people and, seemingly, three million shrinks. Alex Williams, New York Times, "Prozac Nation Is Now the United States of Xanax," 10 June 2017

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First Known Use of ironist

1727, in the meaning defined above

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