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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.

Usage Examples:

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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