Definition of ironize in English:


(British ironise)


[with object]
  • Use ironically.

    ‘this novel follows and yet ironizes many of the conventions of the picaresque narrative’
    • ‘Tranter ironises the influence of Rimbaud (on both himself and his peers) in ‘Poem ending with a line by Rimbaud’.’
    • ‘The context of being watched at the same time as watching neatly ironizes assumptions about volition - that we remain in control of choices over what we watch, and that we occupy ‘real time’ in our relationship with TV.’
    • ‘Ultimately, Lynch's work ironises the view that anything other than multiple, shifting existences can or have occurred.’
    • ‘Traces of the epistolary - characters speaking in their own voice without the socially regulative interference of the narrator - are to be found in the ‘detail,’ the reading of which ironizes the norm-enforcing narrator.’
    • ‘We must start, he seems to be saying, by ironising the masteries of the mind.’
    • ‘Instead, Mayer provides the shocking example of David Berkowitz to underscore and ironize one of these easy formulations.’
    • ‘In the story of Rahab, the stock notion of Canaanite wickedness is ironized and radically relativized, if not demolished altogether.’
    • ‘Levy's mourning involves a considered ironizing of the conditions both of sympathy and rationality.’
    • ‘His journey therefore ironises the assumptions and conventions of his Victorian dinner guests.’
    • ‘With the aid of Bakhtin, we can see a number of distinct discourses which subvert and ironize each other.’
    • ‘Utilizing photography and video, my work documents and ironizes the ubiquity of American, media culture.’
    • ‘Here the art seems to idealize and ironize the past simultaneously.’
    • ‘Ivan insight is lost in the fictive world and ironized by the fictive frame.’
    • ‘To what extent do these images ironize and thereby repudiate such representations?’
    • ‘But the ideas are stronger than the execution, which often mirrors rather than ironises its subject.’
    • ‘In it, ironised romance is married to a narrative of personal development with feminist inflections.’
    • ‘Owenson appears to ironize, even undermine, her main vehicle for explaining Ireland.’
    • ‘In the films, he takes on the adventure novel, placing extraordinary people in extraordinary situations, and ironizing those structures in playfully dubious manners.’
    • ‘It does not ironize upon the future or destiny: it gets on with turning things into material realities.’
    • ‘Emma's vision is shared only by the narrator and is potentially ironized from that vantage.’