What does ironic mean?

Definitions for ironicaɪˈrɒn ɪk

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dry, ironic, ironical, wry(adj)

    humorously sarcastic or mocking

    "dry humor"; "an ironic remark often conveys an intended meaning obliquely"; "an ironic novel"; "an ironical smile"; "with a wry Scottish wit"

  2. ironic, ironical(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"; "it was ironical that the well-planned scheme failed so completely"

Wiktionary

  1. ironic(Adjective)

    Characterized by or constituting (any kind of) irony.

  2. ironic(Adjective)

    Given to the use of irony; sarcastic.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ironic(adj)

    ironical

Freebase

  1. Ironic

    "Ironic" is a song recorded by Canadian-American singer Alanis Morissette for her third studio album Jagged Little Pill. It was written by Morissette and Glen Ballard, and was produced by him. Maverick and Warner Bros. Records released it as the album's fourth single on February 27, 1996 in CD, maxi and cassette formats. "Ironic" is a pop rock song written in the key of B major, and includes a moderate tempo of eighty-two beats per minute. Although the lyrics present several situations which are said to be "ironic", it has been noted by some commentators, including comedians and satirists, that these situations were not truly ironic, earning critiques and parodies as well as corrections to make the situations actually "ironic". The track topped the Canadian RPM Top Singles chart for six weeks, and reached the top five in Australia, New Zealand and Norway. In the United States, the song reached number four on April 13, 1996, and currently is her highest-charting single on the Billboard Hot 100. "Ironic" was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. The song received two Grammy Award nominations in 1997, one of them Record of the Year. French director Stéphane Sednaoui filmed the music video. In it, Morissette drives through a winter landscape, and she plays multiple roles as her passengers. MTV nominated the music video for six MTV Video Music Awards in 1996, winning three of them. The music video was listed on VH1's "Greatest Music Videos" list and was parodied by Allison Rheaume and "Weird Al" Yankovic.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ironic in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ironic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ben Le Brun:

    It's ironic. The U.S. economy is starting to boom and crude oil prices are contracting in the opposite direction.

  2. Isabel Waxman:

    It is indeed ironic that we spend our school days yearning to graduate and our remaining days waxing nostalgic about our school days.

  3. Konstantin Ustinovich Chernenko:

    Those who try to give us advice on matters of human rights do nothing but provoke an ironic smile among us. We will not permit anyone to interfere in our affairs.

  4. Le Brun:

    It's ironic. The U.S. economy is starting to boom and crude oil prices are contracting in the opposite direction, every time oil prices come up for air an OPEC member or short sellers manage to push it lower.

  5. Stephen Jay Gould:

    Sigmund Freud often remarked that great revolutions in the history of science have but one common, and ironic, feature: they knock human arrogance off one pedestal after another of our previous conviction about our own self-importance.

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