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laugh

(laf) [ME. laughen, to laugh]
1. The sound produced by laughing. Synonym: risus
2. To express emotion, usually happiness or mirth, by a series of inarticulate sounds. Typically the mouth is open and a wide smile is present.

sardonic laugh

Risus sardonicus.
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Then that sardonic laugh, and he smoked, and we started really talking.
The monstrous is coupled with the bitter sardonic laugh of carnivalesque derision and parody.
Forty years ago a French orchestra performing Bruckner would have raised an eyebrow, or a sardonic laugh, but not a cheer.