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ironic (adj) meaning the opposite of what is stated.

Ironic comments mean the opposite of the words in which they are expressed. A jocular expression meaning the opposite of the words in the expression is ironic. 'He understood me so well that he did exactly the opposite of what I wanted him to do.' This is an example of an ironic comment. 'Everyone there was disgusted with you. A wonderful way to behave really! This sentence is ironic. An ironic situation is one in which a strange and funny thing happens in a way that is different from what is expected. You hunt for a job, finally you get it, and when you start working, you find the job uninteresting. This is an example of an ironic situation. A medicine meant to save a patient killing him, a police officer's car being stolen, a constable stealing things, etc., are all ironic situations.

  • It is ironic that he did not get a job when he most wanted it, and when he finally decided to take to farming instead of doing a job, he had the offer of a good job.
  • All through his life he had wanted to be an actor, and when he finally had the opportunity, he met with an accident and could not act. How ironical!
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