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Meaning of SARDONIC

Pronunciation:  sâr'dânik

WordNet Dictionary
[adj]  disdainfully or ironically humorous; scornful and mocking; "his rebellion is the bitter, sardonic laughter of all great satirists"- Frank Schoenberner; "a wry pleasure to be...reminded of all that one is missing"- Irwin Edman

SARDONIC is a 8 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: sarcastic, wry



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sar*don"ic\, a. [F. sardonique, L. sardonius, Gr. ?,
    ?, perhaps fr. ? to grin like a dog, or from a certain plant
    of Sardinia, Gr. ?, which was said to screw up the face of
    the eater.]
    Forced; unnatural; insincere; hence, derisive, mocking,
    malignant, or bitterly sarcastic; -- applied only to a laugh,
    smile, or some facial semblance of gayety.
          Where strained, sardonic smiles are glozing still, And
          grief is forced to laugh against her will. --Sir H.
          The scornful, ferocious, sardonic grin of a bloody
          ruffian.                                 --Burke.
    {Sardonic grin} or {laugh}, an old medical term for a
       spasmodic affection of the muscles of the face, giving it
       an appearance of laughter.
  2. \Sar*don"ic\, a.
    Of, pertaining to, or resembling, a kind of linen made at