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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.
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.
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(aɪˈrɒnɪk) or


of, characterized by, or using irony
iˈronicalness n
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(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.
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- 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.
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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"
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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.
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Marked by or displaying contemptuous mockery of the motives or virtues of others:
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[aɪˈrɒnɪk] ADJirónico
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[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.
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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
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[aɪˈrɒnɪk] ironical [aɪˈrɒnɪkl] adjironico/a
it's ironic that ... → è un'ironia (della sorte) che...
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(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
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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.
This situation continued a month, and with new aggravations and particular notes, the note above all, sharper and sharper, of the small ironic consciousness on the part of my pupils.
They hailed Ethan with ironic compliment and offers of conviviality; but no one knew where to find the glue.
The ironic philosopher reflects with a smile that Sir Walter Raleigh is more safely inshrined in the memory of mankind because he set his cloak for the Virgin Queen to walk on than because he carried the English name to undiscovered countries.
He talked of inter-island politics with an ironic and melancholy shrewdness.
The hunt was long, animated, and thorough, but unsuccessful; and, with grave, ironic exultation, Cassy looked down on Legree, as, weary and dispirited, he alighted from his horse.
May their dirty souls be burnt to cinders!" he exclaimed in tones of ironic resentment.
He managed, however, after an exchange of telegrams with the firm, to make his cold last a week; and it shed an ironic light on the situation to know that Mr.
And this "Well!" sounded coldly ironic, as if he were saying,: "Now go through your performance."
Ironic that my first dog was bought in Wales in 1970.
I guess looking back the only thing that is ironic was I didn't understand it then and chuckle now that I still don't.
THAT Alanis Morissette song Ironic has been getting on my wick for 23 years.