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What sardonic contempt for all things in the intricate lines about the mouth.

"Your lordship thinks so," said Mr. Winsley with a sardonic smile.

His sardonic comment brought a sudden chill to Kenneth Torrance.

A sardonic smile crossed his face in the darkness as he thought of what he had said.

He developed, as a consequence, that sardonic outlook upon the world.

A burst, from the depths of the crater, of sardonic laughter!

Pachmann sat for a moment longer, his lips curled in a sardonic smile.

"I'm afraid you can't unfasten them, Doctor," said a sardonic voice.

“To learn how to pick locks, I suppose,” he added with sardonic bitterness.

Dominic, too, devoted himself to his business, but his taciturnity was sardonic.

WORD ORIGIN

"apparently but not really proceeding from gaiety," 1630s, from French sardonique (16c.), from Latin sardonius (but as if from Latin *sardonicus) in Sardonius risus, loan-translation of Greek sardonios (gelos) "of bitter or scornful (laughter)," altered from Homeric sardanios (of uncertain origin) by influence of Sardonios "Sardinian," because the Greeks believed that eating a certain plant they called sardonion (literally "plant from Sardinia," see Sardinia) caused facial convulsions resembling those of sardonic laughter, usually followed by death. For nuances of usage, see humor. Earlier in same sense sardonian (1580s), from Latin sardonius. Related: Sardonically.

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