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ironic

[ahy-ron-ik] /aɪˈrɒn ɪk/
adjective
1.
using words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning; containing or exemplifying irony:
an ironic novel; an ironic remark.
2.
of, relating to, or tending to use irony or mockery; ironical.
3.
coincidental; unexpected:
It was ironic that I was seated next to my ex-husband at the dinner.
Origin of ironic
1620-1630
1620-30; < Late Latin īrōnicus < Greek eirōnikós dissembling, insincere. See irony1, -ic
Related forms
nonironic, adjective
semi-ironic, adjective
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  • The ironic part of it was that, for all that had happened, I was busier all the time.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Her mother turned the echo of this phrase into an ironic lament.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • What a subject I have presented to you all these years for the exercise of your ironic faculty!

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • Fate, the ironic interloper, had taken a hand in this evil game.

  • Was this the ironic destiny of all ideals too austere for earth, too divine for humanity?

    Audrey Craven May Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for ironic

ironic

/aɪˈrɒnɪk/
adjective
1.
of, characterized by, or using irony
Derived Forms
ironicalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for ironic
adj.

1620s, from Late Latin ironicus, from Greek eironikos "dissembling, putting on a feigned ignorance," from eironeia (see irony). Related: Ironical (1570s); ironically.

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