sarcasm

[ sahr-kaz-uhm ]
/ ˈsɑr kæz əm /

noun

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

Origin of sarcasm

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

Related forms

su·per·sar·casm, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sarcasm

sarcasm

/ (ˈsɑːkæzəm) /

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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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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