V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. different than what was anticipated; 2. humorously sarcastic
Synonyms: inconsistent, contrary, contradictory, absurd, twisted, unexpected, paradoxical, sarcastic, farcical, sardonic
Antonyms: anticipated, expected, consistent, serious
Tips: Ironic is derived from the Greek eiron, which means "false appearance." Ironic describes statements or situations that are characterized by an incongruity (disconnect) between what was expected and what actually is. The noun irony refers to that incongruity and can also refer to sarcastic wit.
In an ironic twist, the best team was defeated by the worst one. (unexpected)
It is a sad irony that Van Gough's success did not come until after his death. (twist, farce, absurdity, incongruity) noun
My favorite kind of humor is ironic and points out the absurdities of everyday life. (sarcastic, paradoxical)
It's pretty ironic that they offered you the promotion when you were just about to hand in your resignation. (unexpected, paradoxical)
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