[ sahr-don-ik ]
/ sɑrˈdɒn ɪk /
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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 sardonicsar·don·i·cal·ly, adverbsar·don·i·cism, nounun·sar·don·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sardonic
/ (sɑːˈdɒnɪk) /
characterized by irony, mockery, or derision
Derived forms of sardonicsardonically, 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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