[ ahy-ron-ik ]
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  1. using words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning; containing or exemplifying irony: an ironic novel; an ironic remark.

  2. of, relating to, or tending to use irony or mockery; ironical.

  1. coincidental; unexpected: It was ironic that I was seated next to my ex-husband at the dinner.

Origin of ironic

First recorded in 1620–30; from Late Latin īrōnicus, from Greek eirōnikós “dissembling, insincere;” see irony1, -ic

Other words from ironic

  • non·i·ron·ic, adjective
  • sem·i-i·ron·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for ironic



/ (aɪˈrɒnɪk) /

  1. of, characterized by, or using irony

Derived forms of ironic

  • ironicalness, noun

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