unironic

adjective

un·​iron·​ic ˌən-ˌī-ˈrä-nik How to pronounce unironic (audio)
 also  -i-ˈrä-
: 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
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 There are unironic kitsch offerings — the sea shells evoke the grandmotherly toilets of your past — from Daniels Baths, a company that also makes the cousin to the funky toilet seat, the fuzzy toilet-seat cover. Nora Taylor, Curbed, 2 Jan. 2024 With her unfashionably unironic religious devotion, too, Flannery stands apart from the New York intellectuals. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Sep. 2023 New Yorkers may dismiss the Empire State Building as kitsch, but Parisians have an unironic love for the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. Nancy Hass Ilyes Griyeb, New York Times, 9 May 2023 Linklater confessed surprise at the unironic affection with which younger audiences embraced the movie and its trappings. Bruce Handy, The New Yorker, 2 Mar. 2023 The game resumed at 10:37 after a 40-minute delay, and almost immediately Marcus Smart was whistled for an unironic delay of game. Brendan Kurie, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Jan. 2023 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unironic was in 1938

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“Unironic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unironic. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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