What is the difference between sarcasm and sardonicism?

Tell me and give me examples please.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Using remarks which clearly mean the opposite of what they say, and which are made in order to hurt someone's feelings or to criticize something in an amusing way.



    Showing a lack of respect in a humorous but unkind way, often because you think that you are too important to consider or discuss a matter.


    Example of the first one:

    A sarcastic remark directed at a person who consistently arrives fifteen minutes late for appointments might be, “Oh, you've arrived exactly on time!”


    Example of the latter one:

    He distances himself from people with his nasty, sardonic laughter.


    The difference between both words is slight and they are often used interchangeably. Although Sardonicism (connected with guffaw) characterizes —as distinct from Sarcasm— not a contumely or bitter, but a ferocious, painful derision.


  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

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    I think there's a difference, though not much. Sarcasm implies inclusion of the use of satire, or satirical remarks. The remarks are mocking and often 'caustic' or 'mean,' but 'satire' leaves open a slightly wider range of compassion. ADD: I say this because good satire includes compassion. Sardonicism is usually pure disdain and mockery. It's a word often used as a synonym for sarcasm, but lacks satirical quality. So I think 'sardonicism' is more "malicious, cynical and disdainful" than sarcasm. Don't much like either, but some use that way of mockery a lot.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    The difference between the words is ironic in and of itself. I think that is the point of drawing distinctions between definitions of irony and expressions of it. Your always coming back to where you started....ironically.

    Sardonic is like a microcosm irony and Sarcasm is like macrocosm irony. Sardonicism is in relation to a presentation of human character and sarcasm concerns the implications of that character trait in relation to a larger story, narrative, or truth.

    Possibly.. my question is this...If you know something is ironic or going to be ironic doesn't it stop being ironic? I mean if your expectation is already for that which would be consider contrary then your expectations cant be subverted and irony can not exist; but I guess the expected thing becomes ironic. How can the expected thing be ironic? Logical is it impossible to expect the unexpected by this argument?

  • 4 years ago


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