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[ahy-ron-i-kuh l] /aɪˈrɒn ɪ kəl/
pertaining to, of the nature of, exhibiting, or characterized by irony or mockery:
an ironical compliment; an ironical smile.
using or prone to irony:
an ironical speaker.
Origin of ironical
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
1, 2. sarcastic, sardonic. Unabridged
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  • ironically enough, they did much to familiarize the revisers with the Rhemish version and its merits.

  • "Of course not," put in Mrs. Krill, ironically, with another look at his dress.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • "It is pleasant to have something agreeable to look forward to," she replied, ironically suggestive.

  • And, ironically enough, it occurred to no one to ask about the water supply.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh Edith Eudora Kohl
  • Decoud murmured to him ironically: "Those gentlemen talk about their gods."

British Dictionary definitions for ironically


(sentence modifier) it is ironic that: ironically, McCoist has never scored against Rangers
in an ironic manner: I laughed ironically
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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