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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 Less to the fore in Mr. Prochnik’s treatment is Heine the ironist, who made fun of everybody’s ideals and passions, including his own. Adam Kirsch, WSJ, "‘Heinrich Heine’ Review: Song of the Outsider," 18 Dec. 2020 Ambiguous irony lets the ironist and his audience laugh twice: first at the joke, then at whoever doesn’t get it. Dan Brooks, New York Times, "How President Trump Ruined Political Comedy," 7 Oct. 2020 The perennial significance of the Joker has made him an omnipresent reference online, both for sincere fans and for ironists. Dan Brooks, New York Times, "What’s the Panic Over ‘Joker’ Really About?," 2 Oct. 2019 Bertie is an innocent portrayed ironically; Hank is an ironist portrayed sincerely. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "Two Paths for the Comic Novel (and the Funniest Books to Read in Quarantine)," 27 Apr. 2020 And Mair—mostly offstage—sounds like an ironist, more protected than Heloise against the danger of the stories their mother weaves around them. Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, "Tessa Hadley on What Happened and What Happened Next," 6 Apr. 2020 This fight—between, ironists will note, a billionaire and a man who wants to ban billionaires, and neither of them really even a Democrat—would produce a dramatic, public split. Michael Tomasky, The New York Review of Books, "The Party Cannot Hold," 27 Feb. 2020 The film’s abject failure, on the other hand, has attracted queers, downtown ironists, camp enthusiasts, and anyone looking for a Hollywood product that is not about the dour moral posturing of superheroes. Daniel Drake, The New York Review of Books, "The Slog Comes in on Little Cat Feet," 4 Jan. 2020 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

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First Known Use of ironist

1727, in the meaning defined above

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“Ironist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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