sardonic | sardonically

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scornful and mocking

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sardonic - sarcastic

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To be ‘sardonic’ is to be derisively humorous about somebody or something. It typically displays a lack of respect and a sense of superiority. For that reason, people on the receiving end of this type of jocularity often feel insulted or bullied. Can take the form of something verbal or a physical gesture.

Synonyms caustic
Antonyms reverential

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  1. Amy has a sardonic sense of humour that many find funny, but it can be humiliating to those on the receiving end.

  2. I could see David sardonically rolling his eyes every time I said something. He clearly thought it was funny, but I was livid.

  3. The sardonic tone of the speech meant that it was not inclusive or particularly engaging, and rubbed a lot of people up the wrong way.

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