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"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 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.
(Definition of ironic from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"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 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   /aɪˈrɒn.ɪ.kəl.i/ us   /aɪˈrɑː.nɪ.kəl.i/
(Definition of ironic from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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