sardonically


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sar·don·ic

 (sär-dŏn′ĭk)
adj.
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·cal·ly adv.
sar·don′i·cism (-ĭ-sĭz′əm) n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.sardonically - in a sarcastic manner; "`Ah, now we're getting at the truth,' he interposed sarcastically"
Translations

sardonically

[sɑːˈdɒnɪkəlɪ] ADV [smile] → con sarcasmo, con aire burlón; [say] → con sarcasmo

sardonically

[sɑːrˈdɒnɪkəli] adv [say] → sardoniquement
"Charming," he said sardonically → "Charmant" dit-il sardoniquement.
to smile sardonically → avoir un sourire sardonique

sardonically

[sɑːˈdɒnɪklɪ] advin modo sardonico, sardonicamente
References in classic literature ?
Old Monsieur Farival laughed sardonically at something as he looked at the sails, and Beaudelet swore at the old man under his breath.
But for this-as Frome sardonically reflected-it would hardly have occurred to Zeena to take any thought for the girl's amusement.
I never supposed you would say 'yes,'" cried Rogojin, laughing sardonically.
the princess interrupted, smiling sardonically and not changing the expression of her eyes.
Sir Patrick, who had stood apart (while the question of Ratcatcher's relapse was under discussion) sardonically studying the manners and customs of modern English youth, now came forward, and took his part in the proceedings.
The admiral laughed sardonically, and took another turn in the room.
Micawber, bursting into a state of much excitement, and turning pale, 'if you ask after my employer as your friend, I am sorry for it; if you ask after him as MY friend, I sardonically smile at it.
Though he judged his alarm sardonically he did not dismiss the improper thought from his mind.
He laughed sardonically, hastily took my hand, and as hastily threw it from him.
Horne Fisher looked after her a little sardonically as she swept away with the young soldier.
You mean my beauty," said Mary, rather sardonically.
If you will have your will," the wheat-farmer conceded sardonically, although his big hand clenched involuntarily as if throttling a throat.