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ironic

adjective

  1. (humorous)  humorously sarcastic or mocking
    Synonyms: dry, ironical, wry. Similar to: humorous
  2. (incongruous)  characterized by often poignant difference or incongruity between what is expected and what actually is
    Synonyms: ironical. Similar to: incongruous

Etymology summary

French ironique or late Latin ironicus, from Greek eirōnikos "dissembling,...
(Source: Oxford Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Irony | verbal | dramatic | situational

a rhetorical device, literary technique, or event characterized by an incongruity, or contrast, between reality and appearance. The term may be further defined into several categories, among which are: verbal, dramatic, and situational. Verbal Irony is... (36 of 6168 words, 2 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Irony

Collins Dictionary:

ironic | ironical | ironicalness [noun, derived]

of, characterized by, or using irony (6 of 425 words, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/ironic

American Heritage Dictionary:

ironic | ironical [sense-specific] | ironically [adverb, related] | ironicalness [noun, related]

Characterized by or constituting irony. | Given to the use of irony. | Poignantly contrary to what was expected or intended (19 of 205 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ironic

Oxford Dictionary:

ironic | ironical [derived]

using or characterized by irony | happening in a way contrary to what is expected, and typically causing wry amusement because of this (22 of 97 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/ironic

Merriam-Webster:

ironic | ironical | ironicalness [noun, related]

relating to, containing, or constituting irony | given to irony (9 of 90 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/ironic

Macmillan British Dictionary:

ironic | ironical

[linguistics] expressing the opposite of what you really think, especially in order to be humorous | an ironic event or situation is interesting and ... (23 of 84 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/ironic

Cambridge Dictionary:

ironic | ironical | ironically [adverb, derived]

interesting, strange or funny because of being very different from what you would usually expect | showing that you really mean the opposite of what ... (24 of 61 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/ironic

New World Dictionary:

ironic | ironical [sense-specific] | ironically [adverb, related]

meaning the contrary of what is expressed | using, or given to the use of, irony | having the quality of irony; directly opposite to what is or might ... (27 of 54 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ironic

Random House Dictionary:

ironic | ironical [sense-specific]

containing or exemplifying irony. | ironical | coincidental; unexpected. (7 of 35 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/ironic

Wiktionary:

ironic | ironick [obsolete, rare, sense-specific] | ironical [synonym, sense-specific] | sarcastic [synonym, sense-specific]

Characterized by or constituting (any kind of) irony. | Given to the use of irony; sarcastic. (15 of 31 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/ironic

Encarta Dictionary:

ironic | ironical | ironicalness [noun, derived]

deliberately stating the opposite of the truth, usually with the intention or result of being amusing | involving a surprising or apparently ... (21 of 156 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861622427​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Oxford Dictionary:

ironic

First use: mid 17th century

Origin: French ironique or late Latin ironicus, from Greek eirōnikos "dissembling, feigning ignorance", from eirōneia (see "irony1")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/ironic

Online Etymology:

ironic

First use: 1620s

Origin: Latin ironicus, from Greek eironikos, from eironeia.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=ironic

Wiktionary:

ironic

Origin: irony + -ic

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/ironic

irony

Origin: First attested in 1502. From Latin īrōnīa (perhaps via Middle French ironie), from Ancient Greek εἰρωνεία (eirōneia, "irony, pretext"), from εἴρων (eirōn, "one who feigns ignorance"). |... (26 of 28 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/irony

-ic

Origin: French -ique, from Latin -icus, from Proto-Indo-European *-ikos, *-iḱos, formed with the i-stem suffix *-i- and the adjectival suffix *-ko-. Cognates include Ancient Greek -ικός (-ikos),... (26 of 37 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/-ic

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

ironic | ironical

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "ironic"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/ironic

Macmillan British Dictionary:

ironic

Audio: British English pronunciation of "ironic"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/ironic

Macmillan American Dictionary:

ironic

Audio: North American pronunciation of "ironic"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/ironic

Cambridge Dictionary:

ironic

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "ironic"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "ironic"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/ironic

the Free Dictionary:

ironic

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "ironic"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "ironic"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "ironic" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/ironic

Google Dictionary:

ironic

Audio: English pronunciation of "ironic"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

ironic

Audio: North American pronunciation of "ironic"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=ironic​01 word=ironic

YourDictionary Audio:

ironic

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "ironic" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ironic

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