sar·​don·​i·​cism | \ sär-ˈdä-nə-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce sardonicism (audio) \

Definition of sardonicism

: sardonic quality or humor

Examples of sardonicism in a Sentence

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First Known Use of sardonicism

1926, in the meaning defined above

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“Sardonicism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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