iro·​nist | \ ˈī-rə-nist How to pronounce ironist (audio) \

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 Norm Macdonald was a complicated, often inscrutable guy, one who (mostly) adhered to now quaintly old-fashioned codes of privacy and propriety, a rascally self-mythologizer and a levels-deep ironist. Jamie Lauren Keiles Ismail Muhammad Kim Tingley Benoit Denizet-lewis Sam Anderson Jazmine Hughes Irina Aleksander Sasha Weiss Rowan Ricardo Phillips Stella Bugbee Michael Paterniti Maggie Jones Robert Draper Rob Hoerburger Jason Zengerle Reginald Dwayne Betts Jane Hu David Marchese Hanif Abdurraqib Jenna Wortham Anthony Giardina Niela Orr Amy X. Wang, New York Times, 25 Dec. 2021 Paul Wasserman, the bearded ironist who is the head press agent for the tour, managed to sneak a handful of visitors into the Garden. Mick Stevens, The New Yorker, 12 Aug. 2021 If Diski represents one model for the female ironist, Diane Johnson epitomizes another. Claire Messud, Harper's Magazine, 16 Mar. 2021 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, 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, 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, 2 Oct. 2019 Bertie is an innocent portrayed ironically; Hank is an ironist portrayed sincerely. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 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, 6 Apr. 2020 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'ironist.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of ironist

1727, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About ironist

Time Traveler for ironist

Time Traveler

The first known use of ironist was in 1727

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near ironist




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for ironist

Cite this Entry

“Ironist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Great Words for Scrabble

  • scrabble tiles that read scrabble quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!