Definition of ironist in English:



  • A person who uses irony.

    ‘Note, however, the irony that Keillor - a famous ironist - explicitly accuses Coleman of being ‘unpatriotic.’’
    • ‘Most secretive of ironists, had this been your deepest irony?’
    • ‘The problem is that Appelfeld is not an ironist.’
    • ‘If you want Swift to be a dark ironist rather than a facile pamphleteer, you might examine the premises that make his fable so easy to digest.’
    • ‘Is she, they ask, a realist or an ironist, a romanticist or a feminist?’
    • ‘Which led to the following conversation with Brendan the staffroom ironist.’
    • ‘He's the ironist of the psyche, the one with the sense of humour who can laugh at the mind's absurdities.’
    • ‘Lucas definitely falls into the category of ironist, but this time the ironist edges toward seeking, indicating, perhaps, Stone's desire to reconcile the two modes.’
    • ‘It knows that a modern audience, filled with pessimistic ironists who think the world is not dark enough won't cotton to a true James Brown experience awash in love and understanding.’
    • ‘Such ironists have doubts about the truth of any final vocabulary, and realize that others have different ones; they don't see their vocabulary as closer to reality than other people's.’
    • ‘Otherwise, this is a surprisingly inconsistent disc from one of the genre's most dependable innovators and most stylish ironists.’
    • ‘History, as has often been noted, is the greatest of all ironists.’
    • ‘It presents them as winking ironists, not the true black-music believers that they were.’
    • ‘Above all, Hicks reminds us that Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's greatest ironists.’
    • ‘Is Boetticher a humanist with a rude existential ethic forged on the American frontier, a macho psychotic whose films always end with bodies piled up like kindling, a sophisticated ironist?’
    • ‘He is a tongue-in-cheek ironist, a cartoonist, and a smart one; his images hit upon our neuroses yet even the most vituperative of them seem tame and acceptable.’
    • ‘The ironic result is that Haynes, the master ironist, is half-taken in by the image that Hollywood and official society projected of America in the 1950s.’
    • ‘Unlike Rorty's ironist, however, Agee's irony becomes a rhetorical tactic for sparking social consciousness.’
    • ‘This suggests that Dada artists are exempt from the general rule that ironists are the biggest victims of their own irony.’
    • ‘This is the manifesto of an ironist, balanced between two poles but committing to neither, and Justice is perhaps best described as an ironist of nostalgia.’



/ˈīrənəst/ /ˈaɪrənəst/


Mid 17th century from irony + -ist.