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ironic +‎ -al. Attested since the 1570s.[1]


ironical (comparative more ironical, superlative most ironical)

  1. Characterized by or constituting (any kind of) irony.
  2. Given to the use of irony; sarcastic.
    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Gods of Mars, chapter III, page 40.
      His tone was cold and ironical; its bitterness but reflecting the terrible disappointment he had suffered.
  3. (obsolete) Feigning ignorance; simulating lack of instruction or knowledge; exhibiting Socratic irony.

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  1. ^ ironic” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2018.