1. characterized by often poignant difference or incongruity between what is expected and what actually is

- madness, an ironic fate for such a clear thinker

- it was ironical that the well-planned scheme failed so completely

Similar word(s): incongruous, ironic

2. humorously sarcastic or mocking

- an ironic remark often conveys an intended meaning obliquely

- an ironic novel

- an ironical smile

Similar word(s): humorous, humourous, dry, ironic, wry