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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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  • That dinner en famille, so Miss Mapp sarcastically reflected—what if it was the first of hundreds of similar dinners en famille?

    Miss Mapp Edward Frederic Benson
  • (Down c., sarcastically to Dolores) A pretty speech, Senorita!

    The Ghost Breaker Paul Dickey
  • “Thanks,” said Marcus, sarcastically; and he turned to Serge.

    Marcus: the Young Centurion George Manville Fenn
  • "I should hardly call it wading," said Mrs. Ballinger sarcastically.

    Xingu Edith Wharton
  • Steve sarcastically wondered if the school gave them beds to sleep in!

    Left End Edwards Ralph Henry Barbour
British Dictionary definitions for sarcastically


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 sarcastically



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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