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risus sardonicus

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  • Am I right in thinking this means "a sardonic grin" – à la The Joker?

    August 23, 2008

  • "'...What do you make of it?'

    "'I should have said tetanus without hesitation,' said Stephen, feeling the corpse. 'Here is the most characteristic opisthotonos you could possibly wish, the trismus, the risus sardonicus, the early rigor. Unless indeed he could have taken a wild overdose of St Ignatius' beans, or a decoction of their principle.'"

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Ionian Mission, 109

    February 13, 2008