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used in Of Human Bondage

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


humor that is cynical or ironic
  • Clutton, the most silent of them all, remained behind listening, with a sardonic smile on his lips, to Cronshaw's maunderings.
    41-42 — Chapters 41-42 (97% in)
  • The genial disdain of Michel Rollin, who called them impostors, was answered by him with vituperation, of which crapule and canaille were the least violent items; he amused himself with abuse of their private lives, and with sardonic humour, with blasphemous and obscene detail, attacked the legitimacy of their births and the purity of their conjugal relations: he used an Oriental imagery and an Oriental emphasis to accentuate his ribald scorn.
    43-44 — Chapters 43-44 (6% in)
  • Clutton did not answer, but looked at the master with his usual air of sardonic indifference to the world's opinion.
    43-44 — Chapters 43-44 (18% in)
  • He sat quietly, with a sardonic expression on his gaunt face, and spoke only when the opportunity occurred to throw in a witticism.
    43-44 — Chapters 43-44 (76% in)
  • Clutton, more taciturn than ever, did not answer, but he looked at Lawson with a sardonic air.
    47-48 — Chapters 47-48 (62% in)
  • They began to talk, and finding Clutton more loquacious and less sardonic than usual, Philip determined to take advantage of his good humour.
    49-50 — Chapters 49-50 (67% in)
  • His sardonic manner, his hostile aloofness, had made it difficult to know him; but it seemed to Philip, looking back, that there had been in him a tragic force, which sought vainly to express itself in painting.
    87-88 — Chapters 87-88 (74% in)
  • There was a sardonic twinkle in Philip's eyes, which made the painter intensely uncomfortable, and he could not tell that Philip's heart was heavy with despair.
    105-106 — Chapters 105-106 (50% in)
  • The manager had a sardonic way of dealing with such applicants.
    107-108 — Chapters 107-108 (32% in)

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