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ironic

adjective uk   /aɪˈrɒn.ɪk/ us    /aɪˈrɑː.nɪk/ ( also ironical,   /aɪˈrɒn.ɪ.kəl/    /-ˈrɑː.nɪ.kəl/)
C2 interesting, strange, or funny because of being very different from what you would usually expect: [+ that] It is ironic that although many items are now cheaper to make, fewer people can afford to buy them. showing that you really mean the opposite of what you are saying: an ironic comment/reply
ironically
adverb uk   /-ˈrɒn.ɪ.kəl.i/ us    /-ˈrɑː.nɪ.kəl.i/
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