un·​iron·​ic | \ ˌən-ˌī-ˈrä-nik 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 also  -​i-​ˈrä-​ \ adverb
The first album was easygoing and frequently humorous, but it was also bracingly direct and … unironically passionate. — Greg Sandow

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Men in flapping long coats clutched unironic fedoras against a biting wind. Daniel Lee, WSJ, "Could the Internet Power a Small-Town Renaissance?," 21 Nov. 2018 There’s something admirable and disarming about an up-and-coming novelist being so gushy, boyish and unironic. Ben Downing, WSJ, "‘As Kingfishers Catch Fire’ Review: Flights of Fancy," 16 Nov. 2018 Dress code: Casual, unironic flannel shirt and jeans. Emma Silvers, San Francisco Chronicle, "Your guide to the best bars to hit on Pride weekend," 14 June 2018 The romantic songs Jordan and Laura used to parody are now an unironic part of the wedding rotation. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "Say 'I do' to 'Significant Other,' the rare romantic comedy with depth to match the laughs," 13 Apr. 2018 Zhao seems a far cry from the filmmaker who’d make such a rigorous, pointedly unironic film. John Powers, Vogue, "How Chloé Zhao Reinvented the Western," 22 Mar. 2018 The navel-gazing and unironic self-obsession is — for old people — kind of amazing. John Adamian, courant.com, "Digitour Winter Coming To The Warehouse," 16 Dec. 2017 What is surprising is just how peppy and patently unironic Colors is. Philly.com, "Album reviews: Beck, Kelly Clarkson and Darius Rucker," 26 Oct. 2017 Chicago natives Allie LeFevere, Lyndsay Rush, and Danny Chapman sift through a very surprising amount of Harry Potter erotic fan fiction and read their favorites, providing fun commentary to temper the unironic seriousness of the writing. Steve Heisler, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Do This The top Chicago Podcast Festival events," 3 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of unironic

1938, in the meaning defined above

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