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IRONIC

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does ironic mean? 

IRONIC (adjective)
  The adjective IRONIC has 2 senses:

1. humorously sarcastic or mocking
2. characterized by often poignant difference or incongruity between what is expected and what actually is

  Familiarity information: IRONIC used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


IRONIC (adjective)


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Meaning:

Humorously sarcastic or mocking

Synonyms:

ironic; wry; dry; ironical

Context examples:

dry humor / an ironic remark often conveys an intended meaning obliquely / an ironic novel / an ironical smile / with a wry Scottish wit

Similar:

humorous; humourous (full of or characterized by humor)


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Meaning:

Characterized by often poignant difference or incongruity between what is expected and what actually is

Synonyms:

ironical; ironic

Context examples:

madness, an ironic fate for such a clear thinker / it was ironical that the well-planned scheme failed so completely

Similar:

incongruous (lacking in harmony or compatibility or appropriateness)


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