Sardonian Sar*do"ni*an, a. [Cf. F. sardonien.] Sardonic. [Obs.] ``With Sardonian smile.'' --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

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  • sardonian — sar·do·ni·an …   English syllables

  • sardonian — (ˈ)sär|dōnēən adjective Etymology: Middle French sardonien, from Greek sardonios sardonic + Middle French ien ian archaic : sardonic …   Useful english dictionary

  • sardonic — sardonically, adv. sardonicism, n. /sahr don ik/, adj. characterized by bitter or scornful derision; mocking; cynical; sneering: a sardonic grin. [1630 40; alter. of earlier sardonian (influenced by F sardonique) < L sardoni(us) ( < Gk sardónios… …   Universalium

  • sardonic — adjective /saːˈdɔnɪk,sɑːˈdɒnɪk,sɑɻˈdɑːnɪk/ a) Scornfully mocking or cynical. He distances himself from people with his nasty, sardonic laughter. b) Disdainfully or ironically humorous. See Also: sardonian …   Wiktionary

  • sardonic — sar•don•ic [[t]sɑrˈdɒn ɪk[/t]] adj. characterized by scornful derision or bitter irony; mocking; cynical: a sardonic grin[/ex] • Etymology: 1630–40; alter. of earlier sardonian (influenced by F sardonique) < L sardoni(us) (< Gk sardónios of …   From formal English to slang

  • sardenian — sardenian, denyk see sardonian, donyx …   Useful english dictionary

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