from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Scornfully or cynically mocking.
- adjective Given to making sardonic remarks.
from The Century Dictionary.
- 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Forced; unnatural; insincere; hence, derisive, mocking, malignant, or bitterly sarcastic; -- applied only to a laugh, smile, or some facial semblance of gayety.
- adjective an old medical term for a spasmodic affection of the muscles of the face, giving it an appearance of laughter.
- adjective Of, pertaining to, or resembling, a kind of linen made at Colchis.
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Scornfully mockingor cynical.
Disdainfullyor ironically humorous.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adjective disdainfully or ironically humorous; scornful and mocking
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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Leaning up against her wall, his arms and ankles crossed, his expression sardonic.
Winter Bloom Tara Heavey 2010
Nay, I will be bold to say that, if such a thing as that they call a sardonic or grinning laughter can happen to the mind, it is to be found in these artificial and crying laughters.
Ok, I didn't use the word sardonic with her, but I am now in the retelling. hahahahaha.
madrigle Diary Entry madrigle 2002
The doctor sat with one leg crossed, smoking a cigarette, his expression sardonic, sphinxlike.
A Man to His Mate Stockton [Illustrator] Mulford 1906
(Indeed, the word sardonic itself is traced to the name given to a Sardinian plant, which, when eaten, was said to produce convulsive laughter ending in death.)
Glen Reynolds is characterized as being merely "sardonic" --- Atrios is something else, Kutz doesn't say what, apparently wanting to spare our innocent eyes from the beating the author gives him.
Let’s see, I think reckless/hot-tempered/sardonic is a little too much negativity.
#54 – TP, any color will do — any color except one chosen by sardonic, that is.
There is a remarkable instance of this transference from the senses to the emotional feelings in the case of what is called sardonic laughter, in which a similar contortion of countenance to that caused by the pungency of a Sardinian herb is considered to denote a certain moral acerbity.
History of English Humour, Vol. 1 (of 2) With an Introduction upon Ancient Humour Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange 1873
I was going more for "sardonic" rather than "sarcastic" but Geoff's mini-fisking tells me I was on the money as a plausible-sounding leftist.
"He looked so cute with his purple skin and bright yellow hair." Ann Althouse 2009