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sardonic

adjective  /sɑrˈdɑn·ɪk/ us  
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.
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