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ironical

[ahy-ron-i-kuh l] /aɪˈrɒn ɪ kəl/
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
1570-1580
First recorded in 1570-80; ironic + -al1
Related forms
ironically, adverb
ironicalness, noun
nonironical, adjective
nonironically, adverb
nonironicalness, noun
semi-ironical, adjective
semi-ironically, adverb
unironical, adjective
unironically, adverb
Synonyms
1, 2. sarcastic, sardonic.
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Examples from the Web for ironically
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  • "Hear, hear," ironically from the Opposition, approvingly from the Treasury benches.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Mrs. Blair's tones were mysteriously, ironically significant.

    The Innocent Adventuress Mary Hastings Bradley
  • Socrates ironically replies, that he is not going beyond the truth.

    Theaetetus Plato
  • "Unless you think that it was to save Blake," he said ironically.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • Your demands are too modest,” he said ironically, “Anything else?

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
British Dictionary definitions for ironically

ironically

/aɪˈrɒnɪkəlɪ/
adverb
1.
(sentence modifier) it is ironic that: ironically, McCoist has never scored against Rangers
2.
in an ironic manner: I laughed ironically
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