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i·ron·ic

(ī-rŏn′ĭk) also i·ron·i·cal (ī-rŏn′ĭ-kəl)
adj.
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.
4. Usage Problem Coincidental or improbable.

i·ron′i·cal·ly adv.
i·ron′i·cal·ness n.
Usage Note: In its nonliterary uses, irony refers to an incongruity between what is expected and what actually occurs, especially if what actually occurs seems designed to thwart or mock human wishes. For example, in 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, the incongruity exemplifies human inconsistency. This sentence was approved by 92 percent of Usage Panelists in our 2016 survey. Sometimes, people misapply ironic, irony, and ironically to events and circumstances that might better be described as simply coincidental or improbable, with no particular lessons about human vanity or presumption. Resistance to such uses remains strong. In 1987, 78 percent of the Usage Panel rejected In 1967, Susan moved from Ithaca to California, where she met her husband-to-be, who, ironically, also came from upstate New York. In 2016, this same sentence was still rejected by 63 percent, though some Panelists noted that it might be acceptable in the right context: if Susan had moved to California to get away from New Yorkers, the irony could lie in the the folly of supposing we can know what fate has in store for us.

ironically

(aɪˈrɒnɪkəlɪ)
adv
1. (sentence modifier) it is ironic that: ironically, McCoist has never scored against Rangers.
2. in an ironic manner: I laughed ironically.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.ironically - contrary to plan or expectation; "ironically, he ended up losing money under his own plan"
2.ironically - in an ironic manner; "she began to mimic him ironically"

ironically

adverb
1. paradoxically, absurdly, incongruously, ambiguously, illogically, inconsistently, bafflingly Ironically, for a man who hated war, he made a superb war reporter.
2. sarcastically, mockingly, sardonically, acidly, wryly, sneeringly, trenchantly, satirically, acerbically, mordaciously His classmates ironically dubbed him 'Beauty'.
Translations
بصورةٍ ساخِرَه
ironicky
ironiskt
ironikusan
kaldhæînislega, írónískt
ironicky
alaycı/kinayeli bir şekilde

ironically

[aɪˈrɒnɪkəlɪ] ADVirónicamente; [say etc] → con ironía
ironically enoughparadójicamente, como quiso la suerte

ironically

[aɪˈrɒnɪkəli] adv
[say] → ironiquement
(= surprisingly) ironically ... → l'ironie veut que ...
Ironically, the best one I read was also the oldest → L'ironie veut que le meilleur de ceux que j'ai lus était aussi le plus ancien.

ironically

advironisch; and then, ironically enough, he turned upkomischerweise or witzigerweise (inf)tauchte er dann auf; and then, ironically, it was he himself who had to do itund dann hat ausgerechnet er or und dann hat paradoxerweise er es tun müssen

ironically

[aɪˈrɒnɪklɪ] advironicamente
ironically ... → per ironia...

irony

(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
References in classic literature ?
At the point which I had reached in a preceding paragraph of this account, the situation was as follows: two horses lay dying; the bull had scattered his persecutors for the moment, and stood raging, panting, pawing the dust in clouds over his back, when the man that had been wounded returned to the ring on a remount, a poor blindfolded wreck that yet had something ironically military about his bearing - and the next moment the bull had ripped him open and his bowls were dragging upon the ground: and the bull was charging his swarm of pests again.
The Judge and some friends set Tom to talking, and some one asked him ironically if he wouldn't like to go to the cave again.
Pay my bill and sneak off at once to the next town; but how pass through the grinning line of boots, and waiter, and chambermaid, and ironically respectful landlord and landlady, in the hall .
Oh, I like to hear you talk," cried Jane ironically.
Zverkov cried ironically, for to his notions this was bound to be extremely funny.
Lord de Winter rose, saluted her ironically, and went out.
Did he intend, she asked ironically, to wait for the very eve of the entry into Madrid?
Parry," replied the young man ironically, "don't you know that this is the King of France visiting his good city of Blois?
He bowed ironically till his nose nearly touched his plate but begged me to remember that to his personal knowledge I had four houses of my own about the world.
The pretext that wouldn't have been too silly or too compromising, the explanation that would have saved his dignity and kept his name, in such a case, out of the papers, was not definite to him: he was so occupied with the thought of recording his Discretion - as an effect of the vow he had just uttered to his intimate adversary - that the importance of this loomed large and something had overtaken all ironically his sense of proportion.
asked her father, ironically, in a tone of voice which made the mother quail.
She--and how many more--might have ironically said to God with Saint Augustine: "Thou hast counselled a better course than Thou hast permitted.