- 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 σαρδόνιος (sardonios), alternative form of σαρδάνιος (sardanios, “bitter or scornful laughter”), which is often cited as deriving from the Sardinian plant (Ranunculus sardous), known as either σαρδάνη (sardanē) or σαρδόνιον (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 σαίρω (sairō, “I grin”).