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"ironic" in British English

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ironicadjective

uk   /aɪˈrɒn.ɪk/  us   /aɪˈrɑː.nɪk/ (also ironical, uk   /aɪˈrɒn.ɪ.kəl/  us   /-ˈrɑː.nɪ.kəl/ )
C2 interesting, ​strange, or ​funny because of being very different from what you would usually ​expect: [+ that] It is ironic thatalthough 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/
(Definition of ironic from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ironic" in American English

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ironicadjective

 us   /ɑɪˈrɑn·ɪk/ (also ironical,  /ɑɪˈrɑn·ɪ·kəl/ )
  • 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 ​yesterdayourdogran away.
  • ironic adjective (HAVING OPPOSITE EFFECT)

odd or ​humorous because something has a different or ​oppositeresult from what is ​expected: [+ that clause] It’s really ironic that I would be ​asked to write about ​pets today because just ​yesterdayourdogran away.
(Definition of ironic from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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