Origin of sarcasm
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|Anna Brand|November 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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.
"Necessarily, no doubt," Lena said, with an idea of easing her sister's stupefaction by a sarcasm foreign to her sentiments.Vittoria, Complete|George Meredith
Instead of returning her silent greeting, William grinned back at her a cold stare of sarcasm or of rage.Night and Day|Virginia Woolf
She felt that she had no good ground on which to defend her sex of the present generation from the sarcasm of Mr. Plomacy.Barchester Towers|Anthony Trollope
The press visited the friends of social freedom with sarcasm and contempt, and described them as purists and fanatics.The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)|John West
He meant it for sarcasm, but I took it quite seriously, that is to all appearance.That Affair Next Door|Anna Katharine Green
British Dictionary definitions for sarcasm
Word Origin for sarcasm
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.
Culture definitions for 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!”