Smirk

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Negative ImplicationPlay
Using 'smirk' often implies disapproval or scorn from the speaker toward the subject. SlideAfter receiving the critique, she couldn't help but smirk at his remarks.
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Subtle MockeryPlay
'Smirk' suggests a subtle form of mockery or feeling of superiority, not an open laugh. SlideHe could only smirk quietly as his rival stumbled over his words.
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Less FormalPlay
The term 'smirk' is less formal and can appear in casual or conversational settings. SlideThe students smirked, knowing they had outsmarted the substitute teacher.