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[ahy-ron-i-kuh l] /aɪˈrɒn ɪ kəl/
pertaining to, of the nature of, exhibiting, or characterized by irony or mockery:
an ironical compliment; an ironical smile.
using or prone to irony:
an ironical speaker.
Origin of ironical
1570-80; ironic + -al1
Related forms
ironically, adverb
ironicalness, noun
nonironical, adjective
nonironically, adverb
nonironicalness, noun
semi-ironical, adjective
semi-ironically, adverb
unironical, adjective
unironically, adverb
1, 2. sarcastic, sardonic. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He saluted me with ironical politeness, and humming a tune, descended Mrs. Simons' staircase.

  • "You've very often told me how much you loved me," he went on, ironical at her silence.

    The Education of Eric Lane Stephen McKenna
  • It has every quality of imaginative irony, except that nobody even imagines it to be ironical.

    What I Saw in America G. K. Chesterton
  • The young inspector winced at my companion's ironical comments.

    The Return of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle
  • On perusing the letter, Romashov could not restrain an ironical smile.

    The Duel A. I. Kuprin
  • Brother Copas faced the two Hebrews with his ironical smile.

    Brother Copas Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • This last aloud for the benefit of Mrs. Neff, who came by and spoke with icy severity—was it ironical?

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • He is completely self-possessed and ironical with regard to his story.

    Epic and Romance W. P. Ker

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