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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
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Examples from the web for ironical
  • It is easy to see that harsh or ironical criticism of art collectors who have been fooled by imitations may be overdone.
  • He invented a private language and honed an ironical humor that was as much an existential posture as a rhetorical device.
  • Besides the question is irrelevant, but you were probably being ironical, in which case you have my support.
  • These wastes they repeopled with the delicate forms born of a half-tender, half-ironical and critical spirit.
  • Describes the multifaceted cognitive processes that are enlisted as a speaker interprets ironical statements.
  • It is ironical that the case ultimately returned to the court system in which it originated.
  • Bess must have been intrigued, or astonished, by such an ironical response.
  • Put quotation marks around a word or words used in an ironical sense.
  • His air of amused superiority, his ironical smile, were gone.
British Dictionary definitions for ironical


of, characterized by, or using irony
Derived Forms
ironicalness, noun
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