Usage examples for ironic

  1. The splendour, the grandeur were, for Milly, the bold ironic spirit behind it, so interesting too in itself. – The Wings of the Dove, Volume 1 of 2 by Henry James
  2. This ironic fury, coming of the contrast of the outer and the inner, would have been indulged to the extent of permanent injury to her disposition had not her beloved Emma, immediately after the tension of the struggle ceased, required her tenderest aid. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  3. That sense of bewilderment which at times overwhelmed me when the case of John Flint pressed hard, overtook me now, with its ironic humor. – Slippy McGee, Sometimes Known as the Butterfly Man by Marie Conway Oemler
  4. However, the point exactly was that we attended this spectacle just in order not to be beguiled, just in order to enjoy with ironic detachment and, at the very most, to be amused ourselves at our sensibility should it prove to have been trapped and caught. – A Small Boy and Others by Henry James
  5. Under all these growing and palpable evidences of Marcella's future wealth and position, Mrs. Boyce had shown her usual restless and ironic spirit. – Marcella by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  6. Each waited for the other to begin, and on the 15th July, 1870, six months after the proposals were made, the outbreak of the Franco- Prussian War supplied a tragically ironic comment on their futility. – A Short History of English Liberalism by Walter Lyon Blease
  7. He was ironic but there was a suggestion which she grasped desperately. – Joan of Arc of the North Woods by Holman Day
  8. He broke off and raised the forgotten cigarette to his lips, with an ironic shrug of his shoulders, while Boone Wellver steadied himself with an effort. – The Tempering by Charles Neville Buck
  9. How ironic he thought. – Caribbee by Thomas Hoover
  10. She turned to him with a smile that banished the somber ironic expression of her face, illuminating it as if the drooping spirit within had suddenly lit a torch and held it behind those strange pale eyes. – The Sisters-In-Law by Gertrude Atherton
  11. A sense of a strong personality in the background, not actually hostile as yet, but ironic and critical, set me instinctively and instantly on guard. – The Man From the Clouds by J. Storer Clouston
  12. Is it ironic and fortunate that Humanistic Nursing should be re- issued now when it is needed even more than it was during the late 1970s? – Humanistic-Nursing by Paterson, Josephine G.
  13. Destiny is always ironic – The Glands Regulating Personality by Louis Berman, M.D.
  14. He felt, I suppose, that he had been speaking too seriously because the ironic humour with which he always treated me returned. – The Dark Forest by Hugh Walpole
  15. At the mention of her guardian's name an ironic smile passed over his face. – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  16. Sometimes I believe you're ironic – Lady Baltimore by Owen Wister
  17. " That I can't say," returned the old man with mildly ironic emphasis. – Judith of the Cumberlands by Alice MacGowan
  18. The parson foundered in a storm of opprobrium, scorn, and ironic laughter. – The Card, A Story Of Adventure In The Five Towns by Arnold Bennett
  19. It is, rather, the safety- valve of a highly intelligent people- the outlet for their ironic perceptions of life. – The World Decision by Robert Herrick
  20. He liked the look of him, but distrusted his ironic expression, and that appearance of blood to the head. – The Patrician by John Galsworthy