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 of Sardinia) + -AN; alluding to a Sardinian plant which when eaten was supposed to produce convulsive laughter ending in death]
Syn. biting, mordant, contemptuous.

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