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ironic

adjective
 
 
/aɪəˈrɒnɪk/
HUMOUR saying something that you do not mean, as a joke: ironic commentsHumour and humorous
SITUATION An ironic situation is strange because it is the opposite of what you expected: [+ that] It's ironic that she was hurt by the very person she's trying to help.Opposites
ironically adverb
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