- using words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning; containing or exemplifying irony: an ironic novel; an ironic remark.
- of, relating to, or tending to use irony or mockery; ironical.
- coincidental; unexpected: It was ironic that I was seated next to my ex-husband at the dinner.
Origin of ironic
Examples from the Web for ironic
So it was ironic a couple of months later when the Tea Partiers were railing against it—it had already expired.To GOP Congress, as Usual, It’s Welfare on the Chopping Block
December 25, 2014
Ironic, since it was originally meant to suppress sugar lust.One Cake to Rule Them All: How Stollen Stole Our Hearts
December 24, 2014
How ironic that the Hermit Kingdom is taking the blame for our first real look inside a clique that not even Vice dares penetrate.Pyongyang Shuffle: Hollywood In Dead Panic Over Sony Hack
December 19, 2014
How ironic and unfortunate that the critics tend to focus on one “bad” class or the other.Walmart Lifts Black Friday’s Curse
November 26, 2014
That is ironic politically because just this spring Obama asked Congress to narrow the 2001 AUMF or even consider phasing it out.Obama's New War on ISIS May Be Illegal
September 11, 2014
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
What a subject I have presented to you all these years for the exercise of your ironic faculty!A Spirit in Prison
Fate, the ironic interloper, had taken a hand in this evil game.The Historical Nights Entertainment, Second Series
Was this the ironic destiny of all ideals too austere for earth, too divine for humanity?Audrey Craven
- of, characterized by, or using irony
Word Origin and History for ironic
1620s, from Late Latin ironicus, from Greek eironikos "dissembling, putting on a feigned ignorance," from eironeia (see irony). Related: Ironical (1570s); ironically.