Definition of Ironic

1. Adjective. Humorously sarcastic or mocking. "With a wry Scottish wit"

Exact synonyms: Dry, Ironical, Wry
Similar to: Humorous, Humourous
Derivative terms: Dryness, Irony, Irony



2. Adjective. Characterized by often poignant difference or incongruity between what is expected and what actually is. "It was ironical that the well-planned scheme failed so completely"
Exact synonyms: Ironical
Similar to: Incongruous
Derivative terms: Irony, Irony, Irony, Irony

Definition of Ironic

1. a. Ironical.

Definition of Ironic

1. Adjective. Characterized by or constituting (any kind of) irony. ¹

2. Adjective. Given to the use of irony; sarcastic. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Ironic

1. pertaining to irony [adj] - See also: irony

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ironic

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ironers
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ironfisted
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ironheads
ironhearted
ironic (current term)
ironic cool
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Literary usage of Ironic

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Contemporary Drama of France by Frank Wadleigh Chandler (1920)
"CHAPTER V ironic REALISTS CAPUS To face the facts of life rather than to fly from ... ironic realists are those whose temperament necessarily affects their ..."

2. The Solitary by James Oppenheim (1919)
"THE ironic SPIRIT We have drunk deep — This generation — We have drunk deep of evil . . . The ironic spirit Was our wet-nurse, And we milked her in the soft ..."

3. The Life of the Spirit in the Modern English Poets by Vida Dutton Scudder (1895)
"Irony ironic Art radical and bitter is, as we have seen, mg. latent in his work from the days of "Paracelsus " and becomes dominant ere the close. ..."

4. Pewter and the Amateur Collector by Edwards J. Gale (1909)
"CHAPTER I THE ironic POSITION OF THE AMATEUR COLLECTOR JHE collector of old pewter plate seems always to have been in an ironic situation. ..."

5. The Dialect of Craven: In the West-Riding of the County of York by William Carr (1828)
"... But I'se believe ye kindly meant it, I sud be laith to think ye hinted ironic satire, ... ironic ..."

6. A History of the Four Georges by Justin McCarthy (1901)
"SUPREME ironic PROCESSION." FOR six and forty years England had been ruled by German princes. One Elector of Hanover named George had been succeeded by ..."

7. The Contemporary Drama of France by Frank Wadleigh Chandler (1920)
"CHAPTER V ironic REALISTS CAPUS To face the facts of life rather than to fly from ... ironic realists are those whose temperament necessarily affects their ..."

8. The Solitary by James Oppenheim (1919)
"THE ironic SPIRIT We have drunk deep — This generation — We have drunk deep of evil . . . The ironic spirit Was our wet-nurse, And we milked her in the soft ..."

9. The Life of the Spirit in the Modern English Poets by Vida Dutton Scudder (1895)
"Irony ironic Art radical and bitter is, as we have seen, mg. latent in his work from the days of "Paracelsus " and becomes dominant ere the close. ..."

10. Pewter and the Amateur Collector by Edwards J. Gale (1909)
"CHAPTER I THE ironic POSITION OF THE AMATEUR COLLECTOR JHE collector of old pewter plate seems always to have been in an ironic situation. ..."

11. The Dialect of Craven: In the West-Riding of the County of York by William Carr (1828)
"... But I'se believe ye kindly meant it, I sud be laith to think ye hinted ironic satire, ... ironic ..."

12. A History of the Four Georges by Justin McCarthy (1901)
"SUPREME ironic PROCESSION." FOR six and forty years England had been ruled by German princes. One Elector of Hanover named George had been succeeded by ..."

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