sardonic

If someone is being scornful and mocking in a humorous way, call her sardonic. If you want to write comic sketches for late-night talk shows, work on being sardonic.

Sardonic comes from the Greek adjective Sardonios, which actually describes a plant from a place called Sardinia that supposedly made your face contort into a horrible grin...right before you died from its poison. The Greeks used sardonic for laughter, but we only use it when someone's humor is also mocking or ironic.

Definitions of sardonic
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adj disdainfully or ironically humorous; scornful and mocking

“"his rebellion is the bitter, sardonic laughter of all great satirists"- Frank Schoenberner”
Synonyms:
sarcastic
expressing or expressive of ridicule that wounds

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