sardonian

sardonian

(sɑːˈdəʊnɪən)
n
a person who flatters with harmful or deadly intent
adj
another word for sardonic
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Like the author of the pseudo-Plutarchan Life of Homer, Eustathius associates sarcasmos with the distinctively Homeric gesture of the Sardanian (or Sardonian) smile, a metaphor of obscure origins at times rendered as "Sardinian" by those who trace its roots to a Sardinian plant whose leaves are so bitter that they elicit a grimace when eaten.
While only sometimes understood as feigned or insincere, Sardonian laughter is regularly identified by Renaissance writers as a particularly scornful and derisive kind of laughter.
248, table 1) identifies the Sharden as Sardonians of Lydia rather than as the traditional Sardinians of Sardinia, the ancient name of which was Ichnusa and therefore irrelevant.