[ sahr-don-ik ]
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Part of Speech adjective
Origin + Etymology
Mid-17th century; French from sardonique, earlier sardonien, via the Latin form of the Greek sardonios "of Sardinia," alteration of sardanios, used by Homer to describe bitter or scornful laughter
  • acerbic mocking derisive satirical biting
  • calm kind nice mild
characterized by bitter or scornful derision; mocking; sneering; cynical
A) She tried to ignore the sardonic smile he wore as he spoke, but the temptation to sock him became overwhelming. B) Her speech started out as jovial but slowly became sardonic as her true feelings became evident.
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