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ironical

[ahy-ron-i-kuh l]
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adjective
  1. pertaining to, of the nature of, exhibiting, or characterized by irony or mockery: an ironical compliment; an ironical smile.
  2. using or prone to irony: an ironical speaker.

Origin of ironical

First recorded in 1570–80; ironic + -al1
Related formsi·ron·i·cal·ly, adverbi·ron·i·cal·ness, nounnon·i·ron·i·cal, adjectivenon·i·ron·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·i·ron·i·cal·ness, nounsem·i-i·ron·i·cal, adjectivesem·i-i·ron·i·cal·ly, adverbun·i·ron·i·cal, adjectiveun·i·ron·i·cal·ly, adverb

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1, 2. sarcastic, sardonic.
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Examples from the Web for ironical

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Historical Examples

  • There was something disrespectful, not to say ironical, in his tone.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

  • His gray eyes suddenly fixed and held the ironical eyes of the other.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • Even the marquis, with his ironical politeness, was beginning to displease her.

  • And he launched forth into an ironical eulogy on selfishness.

    Doctor Pascal

    Emile Zola

  • "You've very often told me how much you loved me," he went on, ironical at her silence.


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