- 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 of sardonicFrench sardonique ; from Classical Latin sardonius ; from Classical Greek sardonios, altered after Sardō, Sardinia
- Scornfully or cynically mocking: a sardonic sense of humor.
- Given to making sardonic remarks: “He was proud, sardonic, harsh to inferiority of every description” (Charlotte Bront&edie;).
Origin of sardonicFrench sardonique, from Greek sardonios, alteration of sardanios; perhaps akin to sesērenai, to show the teeth, grin mockingly.
(comparative more sardonic, superlative most sardonic)
French sardonique, from Latin sardonius, from Ancient Greek ÏƒÎ±ÏÎ´ÏŒÎ½Î¹Î¿Ï‚ (sardonios), alternative form of ÏƒÎ±ÏÎ´Î¬Î½Î¹Î¿Ï‚ (sardanios, “bitter or scornful laughter"), which is often cited as deriving from the Sardinian plant (Ranunculus sardous), known as either ÏƒÎ±ÏÎ´Î¬Î½Î· (sardanÄ“) or ÏƒÎ±ÏÎ´ÏŒÎ½Î¹Î¿Î½ (sardonion). When eaten, it would cause the eater's face to contort in a look resembling scorn (generally followed by death). It might also be related to ÏƒÎ±Î¯ÏÏ‰ (sairÅ, “I grin").