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adjective ironic pronunciation in American English /aɪˈrɑnɪk/

or ironical ironic pronunciation in American English /aɪˈrɑnɪk(ə)l/

  1. 1
    linguistics expressing the opposite of what you really think, especially in order to be humorous
    an ironic comment
    an ironic little smile
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  2. 2
    an ironic event or situation is interesting and sometimes humorous, because it is the opposite of what you would expect
    an ironic twist of fate
    It’s ironic that a government so concerned about law and order is disregarding an international treaty.

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