sardonic

adjective
sar·​don·​ic | \ sär-ˈdä-nik How to pronounce sardonic (audio) \

Definition of sardonic

: disdainfully or skeptically humorous : derisively mocking a sardonic comment

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sardonically \ sär-​ˈdä-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce sardonic (audio) \ adverb

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sarcastic, satiric, ironic, sardonic mean marked by bitterness and a power or will to cut or sting. sarcastic implies an intentional inflicting of pain by deriding, taunting, or ridiculing. a critic known for his sarcastic remarks satiric implies that the intent of the ridiculing is censure and reprobation. a satiric look at contemporary society ironic implies an attempt to be amusing or provocative by saying usually the opposite of what is meant. made the ironic observation that the government could always be trusted sardonic implies scorn, mockery, or derision that is manifested by either verbal or facial expression. surveyed the scene with a sardonic smile

Examples of sardonic in a Sentence

"The Great War," used interchangeably with "the First World War" (so named in 1918 by a sardonic English journalist, who knew it would not be the last such conflict) … — Benjamin Schwarz, Atlantic, May 1999 They have that brand of sardonic humor special to people up against it: black and wry and shocking … — Doris Lessing, New Yorker, 16 Mar. 1987 In a story by Flaubert, this spreading of cloths to save the carpet would be observed with a sardonic eye; in Lawrence it is bleakly practical. — Hugh Kenner, A Sinking Island, 1987 The movie is a sardonic look at modern life. a sardonic little jab that made her visitor quiet and subdued for the rest of the night
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Recent Examples on the Web Readers should stay on their toes while glued to the pages of Harris’s smart and sardonic exploration of Black women trying to advance in New York’s publishing world. Washington Post, 1 June 2021 Moreover, this emphasis on recommitment training was left to the discretion of commanders of various units, with soldiers complaining that some leaders offered perfunctory, abbreviated, or openly sardonic presentations of anti-extremism material. Talia Lavin, The New Republic, 17 May 2021 Among them is the sardonic confidant, St. Quentin; the down-at-the heels military man, Major Brutt; and the impecunious, high-living chancer, Eddie. Washington Post, 7 May 2021 Wells has given the main character a sardonic and sometimes comical voice. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, 3 May 2021 Despite his worsening condition, Navalny still showed his sardonic humor. Arkansas Online, 20 Apr. 2021 Despite his worsening condition, Navalny still showed his sardonic humor. BostonGlobe.com, 20 Apr. 2021 Anything truly relevant about Otto Brües’s life is already present in Sander’s sardonic memorial. Christoph Irmscher, WSJ, 30 Apr. 2021 Michelle Pfeiffer’s role as Frances Price, a sardonic widow and mother living out her dwindling inheritance in French Exit, is the finest characterization in any movie from 2020. Armond White, National Review, 23 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of sardonic

1638, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sardonic

re-formation, with the suffix -ic entry 1, of earlier sardonian, from Greek sardónios, alteration (after Sardónios "Sardinian") of earlier sardánios "(of laughter or smiling) bitter, scornful" (of obscure origin) + -an entry 2

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The first known use of sardonic was in 1638

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7 Jun 2021

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“Sardonic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sardonic. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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sardonic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of sardonic

formal : showing that you disapprove of or do not like someone or something : showing disrespect or scorn for someone or something

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