sardonic

[ sahr-don-ik ]
/ sɑrˈdɒn ɪk /
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adjective

characterized by bitter or scornful derision; mocking; cynical; sneering: a sardonic grin.

Nearby words

  1. sardine,
  2. sardinia,
  3. sardinian,
  4. sardis,
  5. sardius,
  6. sardonic grin,
  7. sardonyx,
  8. sardou,
  9. sardou, victorien,
  10. saree

Origin of sardonic

1630–40; alteration of earlier sardonian (influenced by French sardonique) < Latin sardoni(us) (< Greek sardónios of Sardinia) + -an; alluding to a Sardinian plant which when eaten was supposed to produce convulsive laughter ending in death

SYNONYMS FOR sardonic
Related formssar·don·i·cal·ly, adverbsar·don·i·cism, nounun·sar·don·ic, adjectiveun·sar·don·i·cal·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for sardonically

sardonic

/ (sɑːˈdɒnɪk) /

adjective

characterized by irony, mockery, or derision
Derived Formssardonically, adverbsardonicism, noun

Word Origin for sardonic

C17: from French sardonique, from Latin sardonius, from Greek sardonios derisive, literally: of Sardinia, alteration of Homeric sardanios scornful (laughter or smile)

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