sardonian

sardonian

(sɑːˈdəʊnɪən)
n
a person who flatters with harmful or deadly intent
adj
another word for sardonic
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302, where Odysseus quietly resists the verbal and physical provocation of the suitor Ctesippus by "smiling in his heart a most grim and bitter smile" [meidese de thumo / sardanion mala toion], Eustathius explains that the Sardonian smile is distinguished by a stiffness or affectation in the lips, as is also the case when Hera laughs at Zeus at II.
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.