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

Other Words from unironic

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 In which case, his mission was definitely accomplished, the problem being that the line felt so unironic as to contradict what had come before. James Walton, The New York Review of Books, 21 Sep. 2022 Once upon a time, Stephen King wrote a fairy tale, although the prolific author takes a third of this book, or around 200 pages, to make clear that the title of his latest opus is entirely, enjoyably unironic. Clark Collis, EW.com, 7 Sep. 2022 Critics praised Kapoor’s work for continuing the formal explorations of modernist sculpture while also citing his capacity for unironic spiritual suggestiveness. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 15 Aug. 2022 Cardigans went from unironic old-man garb to ultra-hip Kurt Cobain rock ‘n’ roll clothing to, today, a legit fashion choice for cats of all ages, and that means you. Josh Max, Forbes, 9 June 2022 For all this self-awareness, Bleachers is an unironic rock band. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 Down past mule trains and men wearing unironic cowboy hats. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 17 May 2020 Following the usual pattern on Twitter, apparently unironic uses of the meme were quickly replaced by snark. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 4 Feb. 2022 It’s always a bit of a surprise to hear contemplative intellectual Sting unfurl an unironic love song. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 8 Sep. 2021 See More

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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 1 Oct. 2022.

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