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Wednesday, November 17, 1999

Definitions for sardonic

  1. Scornful, mocking; disdainfully humorous.

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Citations for sardonic
Clive gave a sardonic account of a publicly subsidized "concert" in a nearly deserted church hall, in which the legs of a piano were repeatedly struck with the broken neck of a violin for over an hour. Ian McEwan, Amsterdam
Emery was a strange man: highly intelligent, witty in a sardonic way, and a snob, who didn't consider me worth bothering about until I became music director of the Royal Opera in London. Georg Solti, Memoirs
Origin of sardonic
1630-1640
Sardonic comes from French sardonique, from Latin sardonius, from Greek sardonios, sardanios, "derisive."
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