His smile was sardonic, yet his eyes held a glint of humor.
The rest of the Jews rated the Sadducees as atheists, just as the rest of the Greeks rated the Epicureans as atheists and discerned, as Plutarch said, the sardonic grin behind the mask of their obsequious devotion to the ceremonies at which the force of public opinion compelled their attendance.
His mouth twisted in a sardonic smile.
His mouth twisted into a sardonic smile.
But, although possessed ~ some sardonic humour and a large measure of cunning, he was base, and had no real capacity.