sardonic

[sahr-don-ik]
adjective
characterized by bitter or scornful derision; mocking; cynical; sneering: a sardonic grin.

Origin:
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

sardonically, adverb
sardonicism, noun
unsardonic, adjective
unsardonically, adverb


biting, mordant, contemptuous.
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sardonic (sɑːˈdɒnɪk)
 
adj
characterized by irony, mockery, or derision
 
[C17: from French sardonique, from Latin sardonius, from Greek sardonios derisive, literally: of Sardinia, alteration of Homeric sardanios scornful (laughter or smile)]
 
sar'donically
 
adv
 
sar'donicism
 
n

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Main Entry:  sardonic
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  scornful, mocking; disdainfully humorous
Etymology:  Greek sardonios 'derisive'
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Word Origin & History

sardonic
1630s, from Fr. sardonique (16c.), from L. sardonius (but as if from L. *sardonicus) in Sardonius risus, loan-translation of Gk. sardonios (gelos) "of bitter or scornful (laughter)," altered from Homeric sardanios (of uncertain origin) by influence of Sardonios "Sardinian," because the Greeks believed
that eating a certain plant they called sardonion (lit. "plant from Sardinia," see Sardinia) caused facial convulsions resembling those of sardonic laughter, usually followed by death. For nuances of usage, see humor. Related: Sardonically.
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Example sentences
His solemn expression accompanies a quiet wit and a sardonic sense of humor.
Drummond forwarded the story with some sardonic comments.
And even his serious statements have an air of sardonic wit.
His sardonic and technically brilliant work gets more fascinating with each
  viewing.
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