sardonic

[ sahr-don-ik ]
/ sɑrˈdɒn ɪk /

adjective

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

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

Related forms

sar·don·i·cal·ly, adverbsar·don·i·cism, nounun·sar·don·ic, adjectiveun·sar·don·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for sardonicism

  • MacMaine laughed, allowing the touch of sardonicism that he felt to be heard in the laughter.

    The Highest Treason|Randall Garrett

British Dictionary definitions for sardonicism

sardonic

/ (sɑːˈdɒnɪk) /

adjective

characterized by irony, mockery, or derision

Derived Forms

sardonically, 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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