A Word A Day : ironic
Wednesday, 9th July 2008 : Today's Word is ...
meaning the opposite of what you seem to say, using words to mean something other than what they seem to mean
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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