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I'm looking for a word to fill in this blank:

“They’re delinquents,” The doctor agrees. “But, don’t worry, we’re finding them, Jannie. You will get the justice you deserve.”

I let out a _______. “Don’t even try to pretend you’re doing this for me, my husband, or anyone else but yourself. You’re just trying to save your own skin."

I'm looking for a specific type of laugh, where it's a scoff that turns into a chuckle. For example, if a mother has a very rambunctious child, and he/she does something that surprises and angers her at the same time, she might do this kind of laugh. Is there a word for this? I don't want to say "dry laugh" or "sarcastic laugh" because there is a bit more too it than those. If there isn't a word for this, is there any other phrases I could use?

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    Find the onomatopoeia for the snort, guffaw, heh heh, etc that you think conveys the sense you want. – user662852 Sep 9 '16 at 4:25
  • Are looking more for an adjective describing the laughter or an onomatopoeia or single word for a specific kind of laughter? – Helmar Sep 11 '16 at 19:53
  • @Helmar Either works – RE Lavender Sep 12 '16 at 0:25
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Consider sardonic.

(adj.) showing that you disapprove of or do not like someone or something : showing disrespect or scorn for someone or something

[Merriam-Webster]

In your usage,

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I let out a sardonic laugh. “Don’t even try to pretend you’re doing this for me, my husband, or anyone else but yourself. You’re just trying to save your own skin."

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Maybe a snicker.

Give a smothered or half-suppressed laugh; snigger

https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/snicker#snicker__2

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I would use the word "scoff" because it seems to express some kind of disbelief.

  • Agreed. This would probably change the format from I let out a scoff to I scoffed. – william.berg Sep 24 at 19:37
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I would describe a brief, derisive laugh as a "snort".

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