Meaning of “sardonic” in the English Dictionary

"sardonic" in British English

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sardonicadjective

uk /sɑːˈdɒn.ɪk/ us /sɑːrˈdɑː.nɪk/

(Definition of “sardonic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sardonic" in American English

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sardonicadjective

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.

(Definition of “sardonic” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)