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[sahr-kas-tik] /sɑrˈkæs tɪk/
of, relating to, or characterized by sarcasm:
a sarcastic reply.
using or given to the use of sarcasm:
His business failures made him sarcastic about other people's ventures.
Sometimes, sarcastical.
Origin of sarcastic
1685-95; sarc(asm) + -astic
Related forms
sarcastically, adverb
sarcasticness, sarcasticalness, noun
quasi-sarcastic, adjective
quasi-sarcastically, adverb
supersarcastic, adjective
supersarcastically, adverb
unsarcastic, adjective
unsarcastical, adjective
unsarcastically, adverb
2. biting, cutting, mordant, bitter, derisive, ironic, sardonic.
Synonym Study
2. See cynical. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for sarcastic
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  • Exasperation was too much developed at this point to permit of blowing off steam in the form of sarcastic remark.

    The Big Otter R.M. Ballantyne
  • At luncheon, before the family and guests, he had been witty and sarcastic as usual.

  • The young ladies were taunting one another; Juliet in frantic passion; Cherry in sarcastic mockery.

    Johnny Ludlow, Sixth Series Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Mrs. Somers: "If you're so sarcastic, I shall be afraid of you."

    Five O'Clock Tea W. D. Howells
  • Notwithstanding these sarcastic remarks, our horse was now perceptibly moving.

    Phaeton Rogers Rossiter Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for sarcastic


characterized by sarcasm
given to the use of sarcasm
Derived Forms
sarcastically, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sarcastic

1690s, from sarcasm, perhaps on the model of enthusiastic. Related: Sarcastical (1640s); sarcastically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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