Ironic - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |aɪˈrɑːnɪk|  American pronunciation of the word ironic
Brit.  |ʌɪˈrɒnɪk|  British pronunciation of the word ironic

adjective

- humorously sarcastic or mocking(syn: dry, ironical, wry)

an ironic remark often conveys an intended meaning obliquely
an ironic novel
an ironical smile

- characterized by often poignant difference or incongruity between what is expected and what actually is(syn: ironical)

madness, an ironic fate for such a clear thinker
it was ironical that the well-planned scheme failed so completely

Examples

She has an ironic sense of humor.

It's ironic that computers break down so often, since they're meant to save people time.

It is ironic that the robber's car crashed into a police station.

It's ironic that the weakest student in mathematics was elected class treasurer.

In an ironic twist, the most trustworthy character in the film turned out to be the thief.

Your car was stolen at the police station! How ironic!

It's ironic that her husband smoked for thirty years, and yet she's the one who died of lung cancer.

When I told Lucy I loved her book, she thought I was being ironic.

an ironic remark often conveys an intended meaning obliquely

madness, an ironic fate for such a clear thinker

it was ironical that the well-planned scheme failed so completely

The violence of the movie is counterpointed by ironic humor.

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