from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A notable user of irony, especially a writer.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Someone who uses irony in humor.
- n. A supporter of ironism.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who uses irony.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who deals in irony.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a humorist who uses ridicule and irony and sarcasm
The irony about the ironist is that, rhetorically, the metaphysician has the better game; so who’s the pragmatist, really?
And, after what feels like a somewhat dutiful slog through Juvenal, Swift, and Pope, you would expect Denby at least to be aware of the limitations imposed by the shriveled range of cultural reference within which the contemporary media "ironist" must operate.
Mr. Pitt couples a star presence—there's a singular there there whenever the A's general manager is in camera range—to a beautifully measured ensemble performance that makes Billy a minimalist ironist, tossing off funny remarks with an abandon that almost conceals his deep anger, pain or self-doubt.
As journalists, of course, we long have been accustomed to being smeared and assailed in a whorish manner for, as the ironist Pierce Thorne has noted:
At the age of 48, and a celebrated actor as well as a dazzling filmmaker—I heard him described as the Chinese Marlon Brando—Mr. Jiang has the buoyancy of an absurdist, the edge of an ironist, the camouflaged instincts of a moralist and the limitless zest of an entertainer who, from the evidence on the screen, might feel as much of a kinship with Abbott and Costello as with Beckett or Buñuel.
In manner he was a dapper ironist, soft-voiced and accepting of the curious turns that fate was inclined to take.
Usoltsev portrays him as an ambivalent ironist—modern in outlook, aware of the corrosion within the Soviet system, a little pedantically legalistic, even, at times, democratic in outlook, but careful to hide any incorrect attitudes in public and skilled at ingratiating himself with his superiors.
The idea that English football deserves the World Cup can only be the work of an ironist.
And as befits an ironist like Austen, this book is less a “guide to good manners” than a literary companion disguised as Regency self-help manual.
Upward may have been many things, but he was never an ironist.