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A notable user of irony, especially a writer.
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(ˈaɪ rə nɪst)

a person who uses irony habitually.
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Noun1.ironist - a humorist who uses ridicule and irony and sarcasmironist - a humorist who uses ridicule and irony and sarcasm
humorist, humourist - someone who acts speaks or writes in an amusing way
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[ˈaɪərənɪst] Nironista mf
the master ironistel maestro de la ironía
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nIroniker(in) m(f)
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In short, Maddin is too engaged to be an ironist. He's really a practitioner of fully charged ambivalence, which emerges most strongly in Dracula in his approach toward the title character.
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