Mr. Orgreave remarked, in the suspense, glancing ironically at his wife: "I think I'll go upstairs and do an hour's planning.
The allusion here is to those unfaithful supporters of the royal cause who "welcomed" the members of the Society when it appeared to be prospering, but "parted" from them in adversity, probably referring ironically to those lukewarm and changeable Dissenters who veered about, for and against, as Cromwell favoured or contemned them.
His lips curled ironically over the words; they sounded inexpressibly bitter.
They were cheered ironically by the maidens they had deserted on compulsion, and were smiled upon severally by Miss Arnett.
Ravi Naik ultimately resigned, ironically after himself losing an appeal against his disqualification in the Supreme Court; and I was cleared of contempt charges.