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sardonic

 [sahr-don´ik]
denoting a kind of spasmodic or satanic grin or involuntary smile; see risus sardonicus.
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"You're leaning on a crutch," she tells him, blind to the grotesque sardonicism of her words.
"I don't know how it's turning into what it's turning into," she says, for a moment managing to discuss herself without sardonicism, "but it's great, and I'll ride it as far as it will go."
Levi's is a punitive sardonicism, effectively making an example of Rumkowski.
"We can do it, we must do it; I will find something, anything.--Yes!" he thought, cried aloud into the immaculate desolation, with harsh and terrible sardonicism, "I will set up as a professional abortionist." Then he would return to the cabin.