Definition of sardonic in English:

sardonic

Syllabification: sar·don·ic
Pronunciation: /särˈdänik
 
/

adjective

Grimly mocking or cynical: Starkey attempted a sardonic smile
More example sentences
  • You can bet, though, that the Frenchman has allowed himself a sardonic smile.
  • I mean, he had a lot of sardonic, sarcastic things like that to say and to make fun of himself, and so forth.
  • The play has moments of sharp humour, mostly emanating from the sardonic Jean.
Synonyms

Origin

mid 17th century: from French sardonique, earlier sardonien, via Latin from Greek sardonios 'of Sardinia', alteration of sardanios, used by Homer to describe bitter or scornful laughter.

Derivatives

sardonically

Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
adverb
More example sentences
  • ‘Yes, it's too eclectic, that's the problem,’ he says sardonically.
  • It is moments like these that make the audience chuckle sardonically at these ignorant concepts, hitting home the realization of the tragic consequences that resulted from them.
  • Here he imagines a New Yorker sardonically addressing his weekend hostess.

sardonicism

Pronunciation: /-ˈdänəˌsizəm/
noun
More example sentences
  • Their implicit ferocity, however, has been tempered by humor, sardonicism, even understatement, yet the transforming anger of his decency and moral imperative informs everything between the lines.
  • With his trademark sardonicism, he reflected upon the elaborate systems of belief that provide meaning to human existence in general, and impetus for creative activity in particular.
  • The six-step breakbeat boogie combines with the suspicious brass of 50s cartoons and dazes Doom's creatures with its blatant sardonicism.

Definition of sardonic in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day bouffant
Pronunciation: bo͞oˈfänt
adjective
styled to puff out in a rounded shape...