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 (ī-rŏn′ĭk) also i·ron·i·cal (ī-rŏn′ĭ-kəl)
1. Characterized by or constituting irony.
2. Given to the use of irony.
3. Poignantly contrary to what was expected or intended: madness, an ironic fate for such a clear thinker.

i·ron′i·cal·ly adv.
i·ron′i·cal·ness n.
Usage Note: In its nonliterary uses, irony often refers to a perceived incongruity between what is expected and what actually occurs, especially if what actually occurs thwarts human wishes or designs. People sometimes misuse the words ironic, irony, and ironically, applying them to events and circumstances that might better be described as simply coincidental or improbable, in that the events suggest no particular lessons about human vanity or folly. In our 1987 survey, 78 percent of the Usage Panel rejected the use of ironically in the sentence In 1969 Susan moved from Ithaca to California where she met her husband-to-be, who, ironically, also came from upstate New York. Some Panelists noted that this particular usage might be acceptable if Susan had in fact moved to California in order to find a husband, in which case the story could be taken as exemplifying the folly of supposing that we can know what fate has in store for us. By contrast, 73 percent accepted the sentence Ironically, even as the government was fulminating against American policy, American jeans and videocassettes were the hottest items in the stalls of the market, where the incongruity can be seen as an example of human inconsistency.


(aɪˈrɒnɪk) or


of, characterized by, or using irony
iˈronicalness n


(aɪˈrɒn ɪk)

also i•ron′i•cal,

1. of, pertaining to, containing, or characterized by irony or mockery: an ironic smile.
2. using or prone to irony.
3. coincidental; unexpected: It was ironic that I was seated next to my ex-husband at the dinner.
[1620–30; < Late Latin īrōnicus < Greek eirōnikós dissembling, insincere. See irony1, -ic]
i•ron′i•cal•ly, adv.
i•ron′i•cal•ness, n.


- Something is ironic if the result is the opposite of what was intended; an ironic event is an incongruous event, one at odds with what might have been expected.
See also related terms for odds.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ironic - humorously sarcastic or mocking; "dry humor"; "an ironic remark often conveys an intended meaning obliquely"; "an ironic novel"; "an ironical smile"; "with a wry Scottish wit"
humorous, humourous - full of or characterized by humor; "humorous stories"; "humorous cartoons"; "in a humorous vein"
2.ironic - characterized by often poignant difference or incongruity between what is expected and what actually is; "madness, an ironic fate for such a clear thinker"; "it was ironical that the well-planned scheme failed so completely"
incongruous - lacking in harmony or compatibility or appropriateness; "a plan incongruous with reason"; "incongruous behavior"; "a joke that was incongruous with polite conversation"


2. paradoxical, absurd, contradictory, puzzling, baffling, ambiguous, inconsistent, confounding, enigmatic, illogical, incongruous It's ironic that the sort of people this film celebrates would never watch it.


Marked by or displaying contemptuous mockery of the motives or virtues of others:
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[aɪˈrɒnɪk] ADJirónico


[aɪˈrɒnɪk] adj
[remark] → ironique
to be ironic (= joke) [person] → faire de l'ironie
She could not tell if he was being ironic → Elle ne pouvait dire s'il faisait de l'ironie.
(= odd) → ironique
Does he not find it ironic that → Ne trouve-t-il pas ironique que ...
It seems ironic that it takes a recession to improve choice → Cela semble ironique qu'il faille une récession pour élargir le choix.
it is ironic that ... → l'ironie veut que ...
It is ironic that the people who complain most are the ones who do least → L'ironie veut que ce soit les gens qui se plaignent le plus qui en font le moins.


adjironisch; smile alsospöttisch; positionparadox; it’s really ironicdas ist wirklich witzig (inf); it’s really ironic that now he’s got a car he’s not allowed to drivees ist doch paradox or wirklich witzig (inf), → dass er jetzt, wo er ein Auto hat, nicht fahren darf


[aɪˈrɒnɪk] ironical [aɪˈrɒnɪkl] adjironico/a
it's ironic that ... → è un'ironia (della sorte) che...


(ˈaiərəni) plural ˈironies noun
1. a form of deliberate mockery in which one says the opposite of what is obviously true.
2. seeming mockery in a situation, words etc. The irony of the situation was that he stole the money which she had already planned to give him.
ironic(al) (aiˈronik(l)) adjective
iˈronically adverb


تَهَكُّمِيٌّ ironický ironisk ironisch ειρωνικός irónico ironinen ironique ironičan ironico 皮肉な 풍자적인 ironisch ironisk ironiczny irónico, irônico шуточный ironisk ที่ชอบเหน็บแนม alaycı mỉa mai 讽刺的
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Our steward used to bend an ironic glance at the perfectly empty plates he was bringing out from there.
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They hailed Ethan with ironic compliment and offers of conviviality; but no one knew where to find the glue.
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His ironic tone, perhaps from want of use, had an awful grating ferocity.
Perhaps it was an impulse of uncon- scious loyalty, or the fulfillment of one of these ironic necessities that lurk in the facts of human existence.
She had the unmoved countenance of the deaf, spoke very seldom, and her lips, thin like her father's, astonished one sometimes by a myste- riously ironic curl.