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ironic

[ahy-ron-ik]
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adjective
  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.
  3. coincidental; unexpected: It was ironic that I was seated next to my ex-husband at the dinner.
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Origin of ironic

1620–30; < Late Latin īrōnicus < Greek eirōnikós dissembling, insincere. See irony1, -ic
Related formsnon·i·ron·ic, adjectivesem·i-i·ron·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for non-ironic

ironic

ironical

adjective
  1. of, characterized by, or using irony
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Derived Formsironicalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for non-ironic

ironic

adj.

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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