V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. humorously mocking in a cynical or scornful way; 2. having a sarcastic quality

Synonyms: sarcastic, cynical, ridiculing, biting, hostile, bitter, arrogant, cheeky, wry

Antonyms: polite, respectful, nice

Tips: Sardonic is derived from the the Greek phrase sardonios gelos, which means "bitter or scornful laughter." It may be helpful to think of the phonetically similar word "sarcastic." Sardonic describes sarcastic humor, mainly intended to be scornful--mean and mocking.

Usage Examples:

The comedian's sardonic observations about the state of politics in our country elicited laughter because they had so much truth in them. (cynical, ridiculing)

His sardonic expression led me to believe that he was being mean and sarcastic in an attempt to make me look foolish in front of everyone. (sarcastic, cheeky)

It's hard to tell when she's joking because she says everything with a sardonic smile. (cheeky, sarcastic)

His jokes were meant to be funny, but their sardonic nature made just made him seem bitter. (cynical. hostile, biting)

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