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sarcastic

[sahr-kas-tik] /sɑrˈkæs tɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characterized by sarcasm:
a sarcastic reply.
2.
using or given to the use of sarcasm:
His business failures made him sarcastic about other people's ventures.
Sometimes, sarcastical.
Origin of sarcastic
1685-1695
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
Synonyms
2. biting, cutting, mordant, bitter, derisive, ironic, sardonic.
Synonym Study
2. See cynical.
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Examples from the Web for sarcastically
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  • "He seems to have told you a fearful lot," John sarcastically exclaimed.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • "Well, if you are not afraid, you'll come and join us," sarcastically returned Bywater.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • "Railroad fifty miles away; boat every once in a while," said I sarcastically.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • "Be careful not to hurt it," said Canning Forbes, sarcastically.

  • "Troth, an' there's little to see when you get there," rejoined the other, sarcastically.

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for sarcastically

sarcastic

/sɑːˈkæstɪk/
adjective
1.
characterized by sarcasm
2.
given to the use of sarcasm
Derived Forms
sarcastically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for sarcastically

sarcastic

adj.

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

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