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ironic

variants: also ironical

Synonyms and Antonyms of ironic

marked by an often negative or mocking form of wit in which words are used to express something different to their literal meaning
  • a book written in an ironic style
  • an ironic sense of humor
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Synonym Discussion of ironic

sarcastic, satiric, ironic, sardonic mean marked by bitterness and a power or will to cut or sting. sarcastic implies an intentional inflicting of pain by deriding, taunting, or ridiculing.
    • a critic known for his sarcastic remarks
satiric implies that the intent of the ridiculing is censure and reprobation.
    • a satiric look at contemporary society
ironic implies an attempt to be amusing or provocative by saying usually the opposite of what is meant.
    • made the ironic observation that the government could always be trusted
sardonic implies scorn, mockery, or derision that is manifested by either verbal or facial expression.
    • surveyed the scene with a sardonic smile


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