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She writes sardonic editorials in the school newspaper.
  humor in a mocking or critical way from someone who acts as though they are superior


humor that is cynical or ironic
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sardonic sardonically
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  • She writes sardonic editorials in the school newspaper.
  • She never targets friends with her sardonic humor.
  • Tellez laughed sardonically.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • The boys sideburned, long-haired- are vital, restless, sardonic;
    Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim  --  Westside Story

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  • His sardonic mind glowed and his speech took on its old singing rhythm.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • He managed a sardonic smile and...
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • masking pity behind a sardonic tone
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • "Meeting called to order," Jalil said sardonically.
    Katherine Applegate  --  Everworld - Search For Senna
  • He also wears bow ties. I am never quite clear on whether all this is sartorial or sardonic—Dad’s way of announcing that he used to be a punker but is now a middle-school English teacher, or if becoming a teacher has actually turned my dad into this genuine throwback.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • The title of the piece was Reaching Through for the Good of Humankind, and had been noted, immediately upon its introduction, for its earnestness, anomalous to the artist’s typical work, which had a darkly sardonic tone, usually at the expense of rising China and its attendant sense of self-worth.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle

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  • She raised a sardonic eyebrow.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • The shortish man with the wry ruddy sardonic face could only be John Cheever.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He bowed sardonically, hand over his heart.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • I took it as another sardonic zinger aimed at Raleigh and me.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • He was tall, slim for a SEAL, and, I thought, a bit sardonic.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • "What next?" the princess interrupted, smiling sardonically and not changing the expression of her eyes.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • She watched us with a sardonic eye as we stepped from the brougham.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Dr. Stubbs laughed with sardonic amusement at the prospect.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • He looked down at us, mocking, faintly sardonic, a ghost of a smile on his lips.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • "Not going to have a very good month, are you?" she said sardonically as Crookshanks curled up in her lap.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • "An inch is ten miles on this map," Miss Riley said sardonically.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • The Greek doctor gave a sardonic laugh.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • "And for this very reason," said Danglars with a smile, which he tried to make sardonic, "I prefer M. Andrea Cavalcanti to M. Albert de Morcerf."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • His skin was pulled tight over the sharp bones of his face; his mouth was long and thin; his eyes, under slanting eyebrows, were pale blue and photographed like two sardonic white ovals.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Harmon chuckled sardonically.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • He raised one eyebrow sardonically.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • The sergeant, taking note of this, gave pause to his elaborate history while he administered a sardonic comment.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • Annoyance flashed across Artemis’s features, only to be replaced by his customary sardonic grin.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • Snape raised his eyebrows and his tone was sardonic as he asked, "Are you intending to let him kill you?"
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • With an expression of sardonic admiration, Gamble touched his brow and bowed to Nasuada before backing out of the stone room with his sullen opponent.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • He was proud, sardonic, harsh to inferiority of every description: in my secret soul I knew that his great kindness to me was balanced by unjust severity to many others.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • the voice of the cynic whispered sardonically.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • Old Monsieur Farival laughed sardonically at something as he looked at the sails, and Beaudelet swore at the old man under his breath.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • And he must have a strong sense of the sardonic.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • He was a muscular man with large features, but his face had the astonishing property of finely drawn lines that raised the corners of his mouth into the permanent hint of a wise, sardonic grin.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • ’Dear, dear,’ said Professor McGonagall sardonically, as one of the dragons soared around her classroom, emitting loud bangs and exhaling flame.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • He gave her the box with a slightly sardonic smile and watched her while she put it on again and preened herself.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • The beer made him light-headed and the episode was momentarily illumined by a ray of sardonic humor.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • "Marry, a good thought—and thanks for it," said Sir Hugh, his face lighting with a sardonic satisfaction.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • ’ "Present company’?" repeated Snape sardonically.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • I want to see what can be seen, of him, take him in, memorize him, save him up so I can live on the image, later: the lines of his body, the texture of his flesh, the glisten of sweat on his pelt, his long sardonic unrevealing face.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • ’Yes,’ he thinks with sardonic ruefulness, turning the mules into the open gate, ’I know exactly what she is going to say.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • He could see her meeting the boy at the door and smiling sardonically.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • I took some sardonic pleasure in that speculation.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • Again, a young girl, more bold and saucy than was fitting, brushed the priest’s black robe, singing in his face the sardonic ditty, "niche, niche, the devil is caught."
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Mr. Sillerton Jackson stretched his ankles nearer the coals and emitted a sardonic whistle.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • He began to realize, with a kind of sardonic amusement, that he was being superstitious as well as merely courteous.
    James Agee  --  A Death in the Family
  • The distant gramophone stuck now, suddenly, on a grinding, wailing, sardonic trumpet-note; this blind, ugly crying swelled the moment and filled the room.
    James Baldwin  --  Go Tell It on the Mountain
  • I could see it in her eyes, a sardonic connection.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • ’My dear Copperfield,’ returned Mr. Micawber, bursting into a state of much excitement, and turning pale, ’if you ask after my employer as your friend, I am sorry for it; if you ask after him as MY friend, I sardonically smile at it.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
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Associated words [difficulty]:   sardonic [3] , wry [1] , droll [3] , jocular [4] , whimsical [4] , facetious [5] , mordant [8]
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