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ironic

adjective  /ɑɪˈrɑn·ɪk/ ( also ironical,  /ɑɪˈrɑn·ɪ·kəl/) us  

ironic adjective (USING OPPOSITE WORDS)

using words that suggest the opposite of what you intend, usually in order to be humorous: The play was full of witty, ironic banter. [+ that clause] It’s really ironic that I would be asked to write about pets today because just yesterday our dog ran away.

ironic adjective (HAVING OPPOSITE EFFECT)

odd or humorous because something has a different or opposite result from what is expected: [+ that clause] It’s really ironic that I would be asked to write about pets today because just yesterday our dog ran away.
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