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sarcasm

[sahr-kaz-uh m]
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noun
  1. harsh or bitter derision or irony.
  2. a sharply ironical taunt; sneering or cutting remark: a review full of sarcasms.
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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

Synonyms

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1. sardonicism, bitterness, ridicule. See irony1. 2. jeer.
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Examples from the Web for sarcasm

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Historical Examples

  • He now and then indulges in sarcasm, which is, in most cases, very felicitous.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • The sarcasm was without effect on the dull sensibilities of the officer.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • The commissionaire regarded him contemptuously, but did not reply to the sarcasm.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • "No," said the other, still with that latent touch of sarcasm in her voice.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • "Only," repeated the old gentleman; but Geoff detected no sarcasm in his tone.

    Great Uncle Hoot-Toot

    Mrs. Molesworth


British Dictionary definitions for sarcasm

sarcasm

noun
  1. mocking, contemptuous, or ironic language intended to convey scorn or insult
  2. the use or tone of such language
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Word Origin

C16: from Late Latin sarcasmus, from Greek sarkasmos, from sarkazein to rend the flesh, from sarx flesh
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for 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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

sarcasm in Culture

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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