One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1In an ironic manner.‘‘How very noble,’ Oliver said ironically’
- 1.1 Used in reference to a paradoxical, unexpected, or coincidental situation.sentence adverb ‘ironically, the rescue craft which saved her was the boat she was helping to pay for’
- ‘Farming, ironically, is the mainstay of the economy, but the agricultural sector is in shambles.’
- ‘To make it more intelligible, ironically, photojournalism is often deconstructed as art.’
- ‘He loves so much that, ironically, he's a constant source of pain to anyone unfortunate enough to love him.’
- ‘But still I worry: if church and state are divorced, ironically faith will boom.’
- ‘It is this struggle that creates the heat and turbulence in the Earth's core, ironically the same heat that life needs to survive.’
- ‘And ironically most of the riots are engineered by those politicians who claim to be most patriotic.’
- ‘Right now, though, he feels happy and settled - and, ironically, that's not good for creativity.’
- ‘According to a brief article in the New York Times, research has shown that pessimists are, ironically, more likely to die earlier than optimists.’
- ‘He wants to sack loads of bureaucrats, who will, ironically benefit most from the tax cuts if they are in their current jobs.’
- ‘Boxing day was ironically better than both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.’
- ‘He had nine birdies and dropped only one shot, at the fourth - ironically one of the shortest holes on the course.’
- ‘Social events were excruciating, although ironically it was her shyness that attracted the man who became her fiancé.’
- ‘This morning, I came across an article, ironically, about the dead making noise and speaking!’
- ‘Among the survivors, somewhat ironically, was one who was wearing a suicide belt.’
- 1.1 Used in reference to a paradoxical, unexpected, or coincidental situation.
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