- 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
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- of, characterized by, or using irony
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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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