ironically
adverb Date: 1576 1. in an ironic manner 2. it is ironic, curious, or surprising

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • ironically — [[t]aɪrɒ̱nɪkli[/t]] 1) ADV GRADED: ADV with cl You use ironically to draw attention to a situation which is odd or amusing because it involves a contrast. Ironically, for a man who hated war, he would have made a superb war cameraman. 2) ADV… …   English dictionary

  • ironically — ironic, ironical, ironically For the adjective, choice between ironic and ironical seems to be determined largely by sentence rhythm. Both words properly mean ‘of the nature of irony’, i.e. implying the opposite of what is literally or normally… …   Modern English usage

  • ironically — i|ron|i|cally [aıˈrɔnıkli US aıˈra: ] adv 1.) [sentence adverb] used when talking about a situation in which the opposite of what you expected happens or is true ▪ Ironically, his cold got better on the last day of his holiday. 2.) in a way that… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • ironically — i|ron|i|cal|ly [ aı ranıkli ] adverb 1. ) used for saying that a situation has developed in an unexpected and sometimes humorous way: Ironically, the women s downhill ski race was postponed because of heavy snow. 2. ) in an ironic way: We re just …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • ironically — adverb 1 (sentence adverb) used when talking about a situation that seems strange, unexpected, and often amusing: Ironically, his cold got better on the last day of his holiday. 2 in an ironic way: “Oh, no problem!” said Terry, ironically …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • ironically — UK [aɪˈrɒnɪklɪ] / US [aɪˈrɑnɪklɪ] adverb 1) used for saying that a situation has developed in an unexpected and sometimes humorous way Ironically, the women s downhill ski race was postponed because of heavy snow. 2) in an ironic way We re just… …   English dictionary

  • ironically — adverb 1. contrary to plan or expectation ironically, he ended up losing money under his own plan 2. in an ironic manner she began to mimic him ironically • Derived from adjective: ↑ironical …   Useful english dictionary

  • ironically — adv. Ironically is used with these verbs: ↑name …   Collocations dictionary

  • ironically — ironic ► ADJECTIVE 1) using or characterized by irony. 2) happening in the opposite way to what is expected. DERIVATIVES ironical adjective ironically adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • Ironically — Ironical I*ron ic*al, a. [LL. ironicus, Gr. ? dissembling: cf. F. ironique. See {Irony}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Pertaining to irony; containing, expressing, or characterized by, irony; as, an ironical remark. [1913 Webster] 2. Addicted to the use of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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