un·​iron·​ic | \ ˌən-ˌī-ˈrä-nik How to pronounce unironic (audio) also -i-ˈrä- \

Definition of unironic

: not ironic especially : not using or given to irony : sincere … on the topic of medals and awards he is totally unironic—he takes them seriously … — Paul Fussell

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unironically \ ˌən-​ˌī-​ˈrä-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce unironic (audio) also  -​i-​ˈrä-​ \ adverb
The first album was easygoing and frequently humorous, but it was also bracingly direct and … unironically passionate. — Greg Sandow

Examples of unironic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From the ’30s until well into the ’70s, high culture was generally portrayed by the media not dismissively but with unironic respect—and in such a way as to suggest that anyone with a public-school education could enjoy it. Terry Teachout, WSJ, 14 July 2021 Maybe an unironic All Star by Smash Mouth, a cover of Hey, Delilah that is actually about a stripper, or a jingle for pizza rolls that is actually about depression. orlandosentinel.com, 6 June 2021 The unironic embrace of something that feels old and ethereal also fits right in with the spirit of TikTok. Angela Watercutter, Wired, 14 Jan. 2021 For the youngest boys and girls, an indoor tent is a reasonable (and totally unironic) way to introduce them to the notion of outdoor adventure. The Editors, Field & Stream, 15 Apr. 2020 Fish out of water Seat cushions and propane heater welcome us inside, as does a bearded man in unironic Carhartt: Vinnie Matturro, another Fish Nerds guide. Steve Macone, New York Times, 4 Mar. 2020 At Championship Vinyl, now located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, a cozy situation comedy is in unironic progress. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, 5 Feb. 2020 All the while, players must endure listening to the characters express their travails in language that is gracelessly straightforward and unironic. Washington Post, 11 July 2019 Men in flapping long coats clutched unironic fedoras against a biting wind. Daniel Lee, WSJ, 21 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of unironic

1938, in the meaning defined above

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“Unironic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unironic. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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