from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Scornfully or cynically mocking. See Synonyms at sarcastic.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Scornfully mocking or cynical.
- adj. Disdainfully or ironically humorous.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Forced; unnatural; insincere; hence, derisive, mocking, malignant, or bitterly sarcastic; -- applied only to a laugh, smile, or some facial semblance of gayety.
- adj. Of, pertaining to, or resembling, a kind of linen made at Colchis.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Apparently but not really proceeding from gaiety; forced: said of a laugh or smile.
- Bitterly ironical; sarcastic; derisive and malignant; sneering: now the usual meaning.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. disdainfully or ironically humorous; scornful and mocking
French sardonique, from Greek sardonios, alteration of sardanios.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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"). (Wiktionary)