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Comically antiquated variation on 'ironic' presently used most often to emphasise the unseriousness of a point. 'Ironical', like many nouns accepting the -ical adjectival suffix (e.g., poetical, hermetical, etc.) fell into disuse in favour of the shorter -ic form (e.g., poetic, hermetic, etc.) in Early Modern English. The anachronistic 'ironical' is therefore most commonly used in current speech to suggest the absurdity of an expression.
Speaker 1: That...that doesn't make much sense.
Speaker 2: Yes, one might even suspect, for example, that I was being ironical!
by Yst June 29, 2006
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When you think up something brilliantly righteous while baked.
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an adjectival variation of ironic
The ironical thing is that most people think ironical is an improper form of ironic.
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An ironic statement or situation someone points out or uses that isn't funny or clever and possibly not even really ironic.
The Devil Wears Pradaa is an ironical name for a metalcore band.
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just like ironic, only with an "al" because A) it sounds better and B) it's used in catcher in the rye so it must be a good enough word for me to use every day because i do anyways cause it sounds like a friggin' word.
how ironical!
by kerrie December 14, 2003
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Hick and retarded usage of the word "ironic."

Illiterate and unintelligent people use "ironical" because they are so ignorant that they dont see that ironic is a tense of irony.

Isn't it ironic that some major english professors use "ironical" in speeches?
Isn't it ironic that some major english professors use "ironical" in speeches?
by DIM December 23, 2003
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