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sardonic

adjective  us   /sɑrˈdɑn·ɪk/
showing an amused attitude toward someone or something that suggests a criticism but does not express it: a sardonic smile Mildly sardonic, the chairman’s soft-spoken cross-examination embarrassed hostile witnesses without humiliating them.
Translations of “sardonic”
in Chinese (Traditional) 譏諷的,冷嘲的,輕蔑的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 讥讽的,冷嘲的,轻蔑的…
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