- harsh or bitter derision or irony.
- a sharply ironical taunt; sneering or cutting remark: a review full of sarcasms.
Origin of sarcasm
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Examples from the Web for sarcasm
Friedman is acutely aware of the thin line between soap opera and sarcasm.Lifetime’s ‘Witches of East End’ Is the Ultimate Witch Show
November 21, 2013
But it is the quest of a father and son to invent a symbol for sarcasm that will live in infamy.
The written word has question marks and exclamation points to document those thoughts, BUT sarcasm has NOTHING!
Even after these successive near misses, the irony mark (and, for that matter, the sarcasm mark) remains an elusive beast.
It is safe to say that the creators and supporters of other irony and sarcasm marks were not amused.
He now and then indulges in sarcasm, which is, in most cases, very felicitous.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
The sarcasm was without effect on the dull sensibilities of the officer.Within the Law
The commissionaire regarded him contemptuously, but did not reply to the sarcasm.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
"No," said the other, still with that latent touch of sarcasm in her voice.Meadow Grass
"Only," repeated the old gentleman; but Geoff detected no sarcasm in his tone.Great Uncle Hoot-Toot</p>
- mocking, contemptuous, or ironic language intended to convey scorn or insult
- the use or tone of such language
Word Origin and History for sarcasm
1570s, sarcasmus, from Late Latin sarcasmus, from late Greek sarkasmos "a sneer, jest, taunt, mockery," from sarkazein "to speak bitterly, sneer," literally "to strip off the flesh," from sarx (genitive sarkos) "flesh," properly "piece of meat," from PIE root *twerk- "to cut" (cf. Avestan thwares "to cut"). Current form of the English word is from 1610s. For nuances of usage, see humor.
A form of irony in which apparent praise conceals another, scornful meaning. For example, a sarcastic remark directed at a person who consistently arrives fifteen minutes late for appointments might be, “Oh, you've arrived exactly on time!”