Adjective "sardonic" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Grimly mocking or cynical.
  1. 'Fan though I am of his great performances of yore, his perpetual air of sardonic superiority is now getting very grating.'
  2. 'In my more sardonic moments I add that the problem with England cricket is not the absence of a level playing field but the lack of good players.'
  3. 'It seems to be aiming for a modern Catcher in the Rye with its sardonic, rancorous troubled kid character.'
  4. 'Happy to relate, acrimony is often enhanced by sardonic humour.'
  5. 'He sits in the Yorkshire court with a sardonic but kindly female family judge and a humourless martinet.'
  6. 'He does have a sardonic streak of humour, which erupts ever so quietly in sporadic bursts.'
  7. 'In my experience all it takes to shatter the take-charge persona of a master is a mildly sardonic tone or a heel to the nuts.'
  8. 'He was also the observant one, casting a sardonic eye on the absurdities of pop stardom, the Swinging Sixties and the aftermath of that crazy decade.'
  9. 'His latest book, After Britain, is a comparably sardonic performance.'
  10. 'Depicting a story of war, aggression and greed, he takes a sardonic look at the reality of this entire production.'


1. characterized by bitter or scornful derision; mocking; cynical; sneering: a sardonic grin.

More examples(as adjective)

"books can be sardonic in views."

"books can be sardonic in dreams."

"smiles can be sardonic."

"amusements can be sardonic."

"tones can be sardonic."

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Mid 17th century: from French sardonique, earlier sardonien, via Latin from Greek sardonios ‘of Sardinia’, alteration of sardanios, used by Homer to describe bitter or scornful laughter.