A Word A Day : ironic

Wednesday, 9th July 2008 : Today's Word is ...

ironic :

Definition :

adjective :

meaning the opposite of what you seem to say, using words to mean something other than what they seem to mean

usage :

  • Don't use the alternate form, ironical.

  • Eddie was being ironic when he said he loved Peter like a brother. In truth, he hated him.

  • Blake's discussion of Reagan's brilliance was, of course, ironic. He really thinks that Reagan is idiotic. Blake is a writer known for his irony.

  • Credulous George never realized that the speaker was being ironic as he discussed what he called his plan to put a nuclear-missile silo in every backyard in America.

  • It was ironic that I was seated next to my ex-husband at the dinner.

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