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 Sard?, 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 Brontë )
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").