sarcasm

[sahr-kaz-uhm]

noun

harsh or bitter derision or irony.
a sharply ironical taunt; sneering or cutting remark: a review full of sarcasms.

Nearby words

  1. saratov,
  2. sarawak,
  3. sarazen,
  4. sarazen, gene,
  5. sarc-,
  6. sarcastic,
  7. sarcastic fringehead,
  8. sarcenet,
  9. sarcina,
  10. sarco-

Origin of sarcasm

1570–80; < Late Latin sarcasmus < Greek sarkasmós, derivative of sarkázein to rend (flesh), sneer; see sarco-

Related formssu·per·sar·casm, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for sarcasm

sarcasm

noun

mocking, contemptuous, or ironic language intended to convey scorn or insult
the use or tone of such language

Word Origin for sarcasm

C16: from Late Latin sarcasmus, from Greek sarkasmos, from sarkazein to rend the flesh, from sarx flesh

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Word Origin and History for sarcasm

sarcasm

n.

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.

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Culture definitions for sarcasm

sarcasm

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!”

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