From Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search


This entry needs quotations to illustrate usage. If you come across any interesting, durably archived quotes then please add them!


irony +‎ -ize



ironize (third-person singular simple present ironizes, present participle ironizing, simple past and past participle ironized)

  1. (intransitive) To use irony
  2. (transitive) To treat something in an ironic fashion
    • 2007 December 30, Lee Siegel, “The Blush of the New”, in New York Times[1]:
      His novels mocked and maligned the French middle class, ironizing it into oblivion.
    • 2018, Nicole Seymour, Bad Environmentalism, page 182:
      The sketch begins with a text introduction that tells us, "In 2014, a few brave souls dared to defy Big Oil and his encroachment on the Lakota Nation. In their most traditional garb, these warriors led a legendary protest." These statements are soon ironized by the image of a young Native American man, wearing only a flowery vest, baseball cap, tinted sunglasses, and underwear, who announces []