Adjective "ironic" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Using or characterized by irony.
  1. 'There was, I concluded, some reason for ironic pride in this rather mediocre revelation.'
  2. 'Setting the agenda in this way for the arts does, of course, have its ironic side.'
  3. 'It is neatly ironic, but it also exposes the paradox at the heart of this solo show.'
  4. 'Her latest role is an ironic reflection on her debut, when she played a young girl who falls for an American painter.'
  5. 'That was, if you like, an ironic and paradoxical appreciation of the transgressive.'
  6. 'For Camus, the recognition of absurdity cannot be shrugged off with an ironic smile.'
  7. 'It seems strange and spooky and ironic, though it is merely the operation of the law of averages.'
  8. 'How ironic then that some women writers sneer at men who enter therapy's allegedly feminised milieu.'
  9. 'And how ironic that a lawyer should be outmanouevred in the legislative process.'


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.

More examples(as adjective)

"threats can be ironic in view of battles."

"situations can be ironic on fronts."

"smiles can be ironic."

"twists can be ironic."

"tones can be ironic."

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Mid 17th century: from French ironique or late Latin ironicus, from Greek eirōnikos ‘dissembling, feigning ignorance’, from eirōneia (see irony).