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adjective     /sɑːˈdɒn.ɪk/ US  /sɑːrˈdɑː.nɪk/
showing little respect in a humorous but unkind way, often because you think that you are too important to consider or discuss a matter : a sardonic smile / look / comment Mocking and taunting sardonically     /-ˈdɒn.ɪ.kəl.i/ US  /-ˈdɑː.nɪ.kəl.i/ adverb Mocking and taunting
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