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Definition of ironist

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

Examples of ironist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It’s hard to imagine that Mann, the great ironist, was not aware of the self-caricaturing potential in the adulation lavished on him by American politicians, from Henry Wallace to Harold Ickes. Elizabeth Powers, National Review, "Thomas Mann in America," 5 Dec. 2019 The writer who could create both Sir John and Hamlet, that quintessential ironist torn between thought and action, could be treated only with awe. The Economist, "Obituary: Harold Bloom died on October 14th," 24 Oct. 2019 Marchand and Meffre are ironists with a particular interest in the early-20th-century belief in progress. Edward Carr, 1843, "We apologise for the decay," 29 Aug. 2019 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,, "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

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1727, in the meaning defined above

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“Ironist.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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