irony


irony
01. I think it's [ironic] that Jennifer, who swore she would never have kids and thought they were all brats, is now the happiest mother in the world.
02. [Ironically], many of the foreign music styles that have been most influential on today's African music have African origins.
03. It seems pretty [ironic] to me that the rich right-wing members of this city like to hang out in a place called the Union Club.
04. It is [ironic] that free speech is again under attack in a country which prides itself on its democratic history.
05. [Ironically], as industrialization replaced human labor in some sectors, such as agriculture, it also produced a demand for labor in other sectors, such as in factories.
06. It seems [ironic] to me that those students who have a particular dislike for discussion activities are often those who need to practice their oral skills the most.
07. The temple of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, was discovered, [ironically], by a scientist named Love.
08. The play is a delightful illustration of the [ironies] of life.
09. It is [ironic] that the family, which is generally considered to be an obvious concept, is actually very difficult to define.
10. It is [ironic] that although the predominant image of God is male, women tend to be more religious than men.
11. [Ironically], the pests that farmers try to kill are sometimes more nutritious than the plants they are trying to save.
12. Ellen Glasgow once stated that a tragic [irony] of life is that we so often achieve success or financial independence after the chief reason for which we sought it has passed away.
13. Annie Dillard once said, "It is [ironic] that the one thing that all religions recognize as separating us from our creator - our very self-consciousness - is also the one thing that divides us from our fellow creatures."
14. I find it [ironic] that my English teacher is terrible at spelling.
15. It's [ironic] that the most law-abiding people obediently did the worst things.

Grammatical examples in English. 2013.

Synonyms:
(saying one thing and meaning the opposite)


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