Definition for SAR-DO'NI-AN, or SAR-DON'IC

SAR-DO'NI-AN, or SAR-DON'IC, a.

Sardonian or sardonic laughter, a convulsive involuntary laughter, so called from the herba sardonia, said to be a species of ranunculus, which is said to produce such convulsive motions in the cheeks and lips as are observed during a fit of laughter. –Encyc. [Qu. A contemptuous laugh.]

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