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1Using or characterized by irony.‘his mouth curved into an ironic smile’
sarcastic, sardonic, dry, caustic, sharp, stinging, scathing, acerbic, acid, bitter, trenchant, mordant, cynicalView synonyms
- ‘In a few moments, Ramon's eyes widened and an ironic little smile passed his lips as he nodded his head slightly.’
- ‘It was just a tiny bit too ironic for it not to make me smile, and when I did he felt it and pulled away.’
- ‘Her latest role is an ironic reflection on her debut, when she played a young girl who falls for an American painter.’
- ‘That was, if you like, an ironic and paradoxical appreciation of the transgressive.’
- ‘It is neatly ironic, but it also exposes the paradox at the heart of this solo show.’
- ‘But perhaps the gods of irony thought that this just made things all the more ironic.’
- ‘Setting the agenda in this way for the arts does, of course, have its ironic side.’
- ‘As a fan of both ironic clothing and corporate faux grassroots campaigns, I ordered one right away.’
- ‘Measured anger and ironic humour is perfectly set against cracking beats by the master rap music producer.’
- ‘There was, I concluded, some reason for ironic pride in this rather mediocre revelation.’
- ‘For Camus, the recognition of absurdity cannot be shrugged off with an ironic smile.’
- ‘It seems strange and spooky and ironic, though it is merely the operation of the law of averages.’
- ‘The most ironic thing about irony is how many people just don't get it.’
- 1.1 Happening in the opposite way to what is expected, and typically causing wry amusement because of this.[with clause] ‘it was ironic that now that everybody had plenty of money for food, they couldn't obtain it because everything was rationed’
paradoxical, incongruous, odd, strange, weird, peculiar, unexpectedView synonyms
- ‘More ironic is that an anti-theist institute should bear all the hallmarks of a religion or ideology.’
- ‘How ironic then that some women writers sneer at men who enter therapy's allegedly feminised milieu.’
- ‘And how ironic that a lawyer should be outmanouevred in the legislative process.’
Mid 17th century: from French ironique or late Latin ironicus, from Greek eirōnikos dissembling, feigning ignorance from eirōneia (see irony).
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