sar·​don·​i·​cism sär-ˈdä-nə-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce sardonicism (audio)
: sardonic quality or humor

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Roaming, broad and lyrical, only occasionally does the piece descend into the dark sardonicism always associated with Shostakovich’s music. San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Apr. 2022 Rounding out the trio is Ron Megee’s Bernadette, a long tall drink of sardonicism whose glory days on the runway are long past. Robert W. Butler,, 4 June 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sardonicism was in 1926

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“Sardonicism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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