Etymology
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ironic (adj.)

1620s, "pertaining to irony," from Late Latin ironicus, from Greek eironikos "dissembling, putting on a feigned ignorance," from eironeia (see irony). Related: Ironical (1570s); ironically.

updated on October 14, 2021

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Definitions of ironic from WordNet

ironic (adj.)
humorously sarcastic or mocking;
an ironic novel
an ironic remark often conveys an intended meaning obliquely
Synonyms: dry / ironical / wry
ironic (adj.)
characterized by often poignant difference or incongruity between what is expected and what actually is;
madness, an ironic fate for such a clear thinker
Synonyms: ironical
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