- The definition of sardonic is acting in a mocking or sarcastic way to put someone down.
An example of sardonic is a comedian’s sneering jokes about a specific group of people that he wants to criticize.
Origin: Fr sardonique from Classical Latin sardonius from Glassical Greek sardonios, altered after Sardō, Sardinia
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Origin: French sardonique, from Greek sardonios, alteration of sardanios.
- sar·donˈi·cal·ly adverb
- sar·donˈi·cism noun