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sardonic

[ sahr-don-ik ]
/ sɑrˈdɒn ɪk /
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adjective
characterized by bitter or scornful derision; mocking; sneering; cynical; a sardonic grin.
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Origin of sardonic

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

OTHER WORDS FROM sardonic

sar·don·i·cal·ly, adverbsar·don·i·cism, nounun·sar·don·ic, adjective
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How to use sardonic in a sentence

  • There was a curious lurking sardonicism in the words, an undertone of mockery.

  • 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 sardonic

sardonic
/ (sɑːˈdɒnɪk) /

adjective
characterized by irony, mockery, or derision

Derived forms of sardonic

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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