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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ironic, ironicaladjective

    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"

  2. dry, ironic, ironical, wryadjective

    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"


  1. ironicaladjective

    Pertaining to irony; conveying or consisting of covert sarcasm; sarcastic under a serious or friendly pretense; as, an ironical compliment.

  2. ironicaladjective

    Addicted to irony; using disguised sarcasm.

  3. ironicaladjective

    Feigning ignorance; simulating lack of instruction or knowledge (also known as Socratic Irony).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Ironicaladjective

    Expressing one thing and meaning another; speaking by contraries.

    Etymology: ironique, Fr. from irony.

    In this fallacy may be comprised all ironical mistakes, or expressions receiving inverted significations. Brown.

    I take all your ironical civilities in a literal sense, and shall expect them to be literally performed. Jonathan Swift.


  1. ironical

    Irony (from Ancient Greek εἰρωνεία eirōneía 'dissimulation, feigned ignorance'), in its broadest sense, is the juxtaposition of what on the surface appears to be the case and what is actually the case or to be expected; it is an important rhetorical device and literary technique. Irony can be categorized into different types, including verbal irony, dramatic irony, and situational irony. Verbal, dramatic, and situational irony are often used for emphasis in the assertion of a truth. The ironic form of simile, used in sarcasm, and some forms of litotes can emphasize one's meaning by the deliberate use of language which states the opposite of the truth, denies the contrary of the truth, or drastically and obviously understates a factual connection.


  1. ironical

    Ironical refers to the situations or statements that are characterized by irony - the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect. It involves an incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs, often creating a twist of unexpected or contradictory results or meanings.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ironicaladjective

    pertaining to irony; containing, expressing, or characterized by, irony; as, an ironical remark

  2. Ironicaladjective

    addicted to the use of irony; given to irony

  3. Etymology: [LL. ironicus, Gr. dissembling: cf. F. ironique. See Irony.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ironical in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ironical in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of ironical in a Sentence

  1. Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage, chapter 8:

    He saw that it was an ironical thing for him to be running thus toward that which he had been at such pains to avoid. But he said, in substance, to himself that if the earth and the moon were about to clash, many people would doubtless plan to get upon the roofs to witness the collision.

  2. David Riesman:

    America is not only big and rich, it is mysterious and its capacity for the humorous or ironical concealment of its interests matches that of the legendary inscrutable Chinese.

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