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    Could you tell me please if "ironically" means surprisingly?? I checked my dictionaries but didn't seem to get the meaning!!
    Can you please give me some examples using it?
    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Ironically

    Please, read the difference of meaning between ironic and surprising:

    Ironic, ironical: characterized by often poignant difference or incongruity between what is expected and what actually is.

    Surprising: causing surprise or wonder or amazement.

    Examples using the adverbs ironically and surprisingly. Notice the difference in meaning of each of the adverbs:

    "Ironically, Sir Arthur Sullivan is remembered for the comic operas he found embarrassing, rather than the serious works he hoped would be his legacy."

    "The movements in the liquid part of the Earth's core are changing surprisingly quickly, and this affects the Earth's magnetic field."

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