Definitions

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  • adv. In a sardonic manner; cynically; mockingly; scornfully; sarcastically.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a sardonic manner.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a sarcastic manner

Etymologies

sardonic +‎ -ally (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They developed what they themselves called sardonically “the German look”, ever craning upwards into the sky, watchful for fighter-bombers.

    Overlord D-Day And The Battle for Normandy

  • Once Galen would have used that phrase sardonically, but he had been a member of the team too long not to have learned that-comic-book terminology notwithstanding'the enhanced senses of some of the SCU members were both accurate and often surprisingly prescient.

    Hunting Fear

  • Before he had ridden very far up the bluff, he stopped, looked down at the long-suffering cattle, and smiled again sardonically.

    The Ranch at the Wolverine

  • Otherwise "-- sardonically --" you might have felt constrained to abide by your rash promise to marry me. "

    The Hermit of Far End

  • “My mother did not mind my going to the ends of the earth,” Jane observed sardonically, adding that what she could not bear was any show of independence on her own turf.

    A Covert Affair

  • “Congratulations,” offered Samuelson sardonically.

    O: A Presidential Novel

  • The terrorist leader said sardonically, Contrary to what Bush says and claims that we hate your freedom.

    The Longest War

  • The scathing but on-the-mark Joe Queenan would have none of it; in a piece sardonically titled, "Icons Aren't What They Used to Be" (WSJ, July 20, 2009), he wrote:

    An "icon" who grew sideways, then disappeared

  • "A P.O.W.'s Story" is Guarino's harrowing account of his 2,801 days in Hoa Loprison—sardonically called the Hanoi Hilton by U.S. soldiers.

    America's Unsung War Heroes

  • The innocent college co-ed who wonders about an eerie noise during the night wakes up to find her roommate murdered and a message scrawled in blood by the serial killer, sardonically congratulating her on not turning on the light.

    Vineet Chander: Ravana, Al-Awlaki And The Hijacking Of Religion

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