Origin of sardonicFrench sardonique from Classical Latin sardonius from Classical Greek sardonios, altered after Sard?, Sardinia
Theresa felt humiliated when Rachel and Jessica reacted with sardonic laughter as soon as they saw the dress she chose for the dance.
An example of sardonic is a comedian’s sneering jokes about a specific group of people that he wants to criticize.
- 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").
- His smile was sardonic, yet his eyes held a glint of humor.
- His mouth twisted into a sardonic smile.
- The rest of the Jews rated the Sadducees as atheists, just as the rest of the Greeks rated the Epicureans as atheists and discerned, as Plutarch said, the sardonic grin behind the mask of their obsequious devotion to the ceremonies at which the force of public opinion compelled their attendance.
- His mouth twisted in a sardonic smile.
- He flashed his most sardonic grin.