Definition of sardonic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//sɑːˈdɒnɪk//
; NAmE NAmE//sɑːrˈdɑːnɪk//
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showing that you think that you are better than other people and do not take them seriously synonym mocking a sardonic smile He looked at her with sardonic amusement. Her voice had a sardonic, mocking tone that frightened Connie. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from French sardonique, earlier sardonien, via Latin from Greek sardonios ‘of Sardinia’, alteration of sardanios, used by Homer to describe bitter or scornful laughter.
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