from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Characterized by or constituting (any kind of) irony.
  • adj. Given to the use of irony; sarcastic.
  • adj. Feigning ignorance; simulating lack of instruction or knowledge; exhibiting Socratic irony.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to irony; containing, expressing, or characterized by, irony.
  • adj. Addicted to the use of irony; given to irony.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pretending ignorance; simulating lack of instruction of knowledge. See irony, 1.
  • Hence Conveying or consisting of covert sarcasm; sarcastic under a serious or friendly pretense: as, an ironical compliment.
  • Addicted to irony; using disguised sarcasm: as, an ironical speaker.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. humorously sarcastic or mocking
  • adj. characterized by often poignant difference or incongruity between what is expected and what actually is


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  • Certainly ironical is the attempt to. bring in Biblical typology when Adrian, Clara, and Verney set sail for Greece.

    Paley, "Apocalypse Without Millenium" Part 2

  • The first effect of this confession on Dick Marvin was depressing, but after pondering it a minute he laughed and recalled the ironical old rhyme:

    The Apples of Hesperides, Kansas

  • That is what you might call ironical, is it not, sir?

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  • Sensitive to atmosphere, Jolyon soon felt the latent antagonism between the boys, and was puzzled by Holly; so he became unconsciously ironical, which is fatal to the expansiveness of youth.

    Complete Project Gutenberg John Galsworthy Works

  • Perchance he/she (I really felt it was a smarmy male.) didn't know 'ironical' was a real word in much the same way folks confuse the "irregardlessness" of it all?

    no, i have time

  • Picking Bayh would be kind of ironical, seeing as it was Dan Quayle who jackhammered his dad's butt out of the Senate, sending him back to private life after spending some 30 years in Congress.

    I call Barack Obama to account for picking another bland, midwestern pretty boy.

  • Bell's response "If it ain't, it'll do until the mess gets here" was, in the novel, exactly the kind of ironical humor that one would most easily associate with the Coens, and this is the kind of moment that would seem to gel most easily with their own aesthetic.

    11/17: No Country For Old Men

  • Adding to these exclamations a kind of ironical howl, and gazing upon the company for one brief instant afterwards, in a sudden silence, the irritated gentleman started off again at the same tremendous pace, and was seen no more.

    The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit

  • They called him Eagle in a kind of ironical contempt, and it cut him more than anything else that they said.

    Tom Slade on Mystery Trail

  • He bent his head gravely, with a kind of ironical tolerance in his manner.

    The Master-Christian


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