ironic UK [aɪˈrɒnɪk] / US [aɪˈrɑnɪk] or ironical UK [aɪˈrɒnɪk(ə)l] / US [aɪˈrɑnɪk(ə)l] adjective
1) linguistics expressing the opposite of what you really think, especially in order to be humorous

an ironic comment

an ironic little smile

2) an ironic event or situation is interesting and sometimes humorous, because it is the opposite of what you would expect

an ironic twist of fate

It's ironic that a government so concerned about law and order is disregarding an international treaty.

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