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Definition humor in a mocking or critical way from someone who acts as though they are superior


humor that is cynical or ironic
  • She writes sardonic editorials in the school newspaper.
sardonic = humorous in a mocking, cynical, or ironic way
  • She never targets friends with her sardonic humor.
  • He managed a sardonic smile and...
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • sardonic = humorous in a mocking, cynical, or ironic way
  • Tellez laughed sardonically.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • sardonically = with humor that is mocking, cynical, or ironic
  • "Meeting called to order," Jalil said sardonically.
    Katherine Applegate  --  Everworld - Search For Senna
  • sardonically = with humor that is mocking, cynical, or ironic
  • His sardonic mind glowed and his speech took on its old singing rhythm.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • sardonic = humorous in a mocking, cynical, or ironic way
  • masking pity behind a sardonic tone
    Eugene O'Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • sardonic = humorous in a mocking, cynical, or ironic way
  • The boys sideburned, long-haired- are vital, restless, sardonic;
    Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim  --  Westside Story
  • sardonic = humorous in a mocking, cynical, or ironic way
  • 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
  • sardonic = humorous in an ironic way (saying one thing while meaning something else)
  • his rebellion is the bitter, sardonic laughter of all great satirists
  • Clutton, the most silent of them all, remained behind listening, with a sardonic smile on his lips, to Cronshaw's maunderings.
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Of Human Bondage
  • An elderly man was at their heels scolding and directing in a creaky, sardonic voice.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  The Poison Belt
  • Jimmie gave vent to a sardonic curse and then laughed heavily.
    Crane, Stephen  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • He continued to grin with a sardonic humour, with a cynical mockery and defiance.
    London, Jack  --  The Sea Wolf
  • I believe that I am one of the most long-suffering of mortals; but I'll admit that I was annoyed at the sardonic interruption.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  The Valley of Fear
  • Carol's grin is sardonic.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • The latter has a sardonic ring.
    Richard Hofstadter  --  Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth
  • The rustler chief had a trump card to play; one that showed in his sardonic smile.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • The question and the use of her name was sardonic.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • 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

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