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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
sar•don•ic /sɑrˈdɑnɪk/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. characterized by scornful criticism;
    mocking bitterly:a sardonic grin.
sar•don•i•cal•ly, adv. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
sar•don•ic  (sär donik), 
  1. characterized by bitter or scornful derision;
    sneering:a sardonic grin.
  • Greek sardónios of Sardinia) + -an; alluding to a Sardinian plant which when eaten was supposed to produce convulsive laughter ending in death
  • Latin sardoni(us) (
  • alteration of earlier sardonian (influenced by French sardonique) 1630–40
sar•doni•cal•ly, adv. 
sar•doni•cism, n. 
biting, mordant, contemptuous.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

sardonic /sɑːˈdɒnɪk/ adj
  1. characterized by irony, mockery, or derision
Etymology: 17th Century: from French sardonique, from Latin sardonius, from Greek sardonios derisive, literally: of Sardinia, alteration of Homeric sardanios scornful (laughter or smile)

sarˈdonically adv sarˈdonicism n


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