iro·​nist ˈī-rə-nist How to pronounce ironist (audio)
: 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 Franco is a cool-headed ironist with a flair for oblique narrative and a fascination with the detached worlds of the wealthy. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 22 Dec. 2023 Otto Dix, Beckmann’s fellow ironist, enlisted at once and served in the artillery corps. Jason Farago, New York Times, 10 Nov. 2023 In Hitchens’s writing there were always five characters at work: the cynic, the romantic, the ironist, the idealist, and the materialist. Christian Lorentzen, Harper's Magazine, 1 July 2022 Indeed, Zelensky’s fierce liberalism and his ironist’s sense of history seem his tribute to them. Bernard Avishai, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2022 The list of ironists is hard to pin down, but Slate’s Josh Greenman resurrected the upside-down exclamation point (¡), and typographer Choz Cunningham, among others, suggested using a period followed by a tilde to tell readers that a sentence should be read beyond its literal meaning. Casey Fedde, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 Mar. 2023 But Leavitt is not an ironist. Marion Winik, Star Tribune, 10 Aug. 2020 The ironist maintained a light touch on the gravest of subjects—the ones that involved the most graves. Christian Lorentzen, Harper’s Magazine , 20 July 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1727, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ironist was in 1727

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“Ironist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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