Smirk vs. Smile

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Smirk and Smile is that the Smirk is a facial expression and Smile is a conscious or subconscious facial muscular movement conveying mirth or pleasure.

  • Smirk

    A smirk is a smile evoking insolence, scorn, or offensive smugness, falling into the category of what Desmond Morris described as Deformed-compliment Signals.A smirk may also be an affected, ingratiating smile, as in Mr Bennet’s description of Mr Wickham as making smirking love to all his new in-laws in the novel Pride and Prejudice.

  • Smile

    A smile is a facial expression formed primarily by flexing the muscles at the sides of the mouth. Some smiles include a contraction of the muscles at the corner of the eyes, an action known as a “Duchenne smile”. Smiles performed without the eye contraction may be perceived as insincere.

    Among humans, smiling is an expression denoting pleasure, sociability, happiness, joy or amusement. It is distinct from a similar but usually involuntary expression of anxiety known as a grimace. Although cross-cultural studies have shown that smiling is a means of communication throughout the world, there are large differences among different cultures, with some using smiles to convey confusion or embarrassment.

  • Smirk (noun)

    an uneven, often crooked smile that is insolent, self-satisfied or scornful

  • Smirk (noun)

    a forced or affected smile; a simper

  • Smirk (verb)

    To smile in a way that is affected, smug, insolent or contemptuous.

  • Smirk (adjective)

    smart; spruce; affected; simpering

  • Smile (noun)

    A facial teeth, without vocalisation, and in humans is a common involuntary or voluntary expression of happiness, pleasure, amusement or anxiety.

    “She’s got a perfect smile.”

    “He has a sinister smile.”

    “She had a smile on her face.”

    “He always puts a smile on my face.”

  • Smile (verb)

    To have (a smile) on one’s face.

    “When you smile, the whole world smiles with you.”

    “I don’t know what he’s smiling about.”

    “She smiles a beautiful smile.”

  • Smile (verb)

    To express by smiling.

    “to smile consent, or a welcome”

  • Smile (verb)

    To express amusement, pleasure, or love and kindness.

  • Smile (verb)

    To look cheerful and joyous; to have an appearance suited to excite joy.

    “The sun smiled down from a clear summer sky.”

  • Smile (verb)

    To be propitious or favourable; to countenance.

    “The gods smiled on his labours.”

  • Smirk (verb)

    smile in an irritatingly smug, conceited, or silly way

    “he smirked in triumph”

  • Smirk (noun)

    a smug, conceited, or silly smile

    “Gloria pursed her mouth in a self-satisfied smirk”

Oxford Dictionary

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