[ sahr-don-ik ]
/ sɑrˈdɒn ɪk /
characterized by bitter or scornful derision; mocking; cynical; sneering: a sardonic grin.
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM sardonicsar·don·i·cal·ly, adverbsar·don·i·cism, nounun·sar·don·ic, adjectiveun·sar·don·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Example sentences 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
/ (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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