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1. Scornfully or cynically mocking: a sardonic sense of humor.
2. Given to making sardonic remarks: "He was proud, sardonic, harsh to inferiority of every description" (Charlotte Brontë).
[French sardonique, from Greek sardonios, alteration of sardanios; perhaps akin to sesērenai, to show the teeth, grin mockingly.]
sar·don′i·cism (-ĭ-sĭz′əm) n.
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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)]
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characterized by scornful derision or bitter irony; mocking; cynical: a sardonic grin.
[1630–40; alter. of earlier sardonian (influenced by French sardonique) < Latin sardoni(us) (< Greek sardónios of Sardinia) + -an1; alluding to a Sardinian plant which when eaten was supposed to produce convulsive laughter ending in death]
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|Adj.||1.||sardonic - disdainfully or ironically humorous; scornful and mocking; "his rebellion is the bitter, sardonic laughter of all great satirists"- Frank Schoenberner; "a wry pleasure to be...reminded of all that one is missing"- Irwin Edman|
sarcastic - expressing or expressive of ridicule that wounds
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adjective mocking, cynical, dry, bitter, sneering, jeering, malicious, wry, sarcastic, derisive, ironical, mordant, mordacious a sardonic sense of humour
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sardonic[sɑːˈdɒnɪk] ADJ [humour, laugh] → sardónico; [person] → sarcástico, burlón; [tone] → burlón
she gave a sardonic smile → sonrió con sarcasmo or con aire burlón
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sardonic[sɑːrˈdɒnɪk] adj → sardonique
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sardonic[sɑːˈdɒnɪk] adj → sardonico/a
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