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sarcastic

[sahr-kas-tik]
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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.
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Sometimes sar·cas·ti·cal.

Origin of sarcastic

1685–95; sarc(asm) + -astic
Related formssar·cas·ti·cal·ly, adverbsar·cas·tic·ness, sar·cas·ti·cal·ness, nounqua·si-sar·cas·tic, adjectivequa·si-sar·cas·ti·cal·ly, adverbsu·per·sar·cas·tic, adjectivesu·per·sar·cas·ti·cal·ly, adverbun·sar·cas·tic, adjectiveun·sar·cas·ti·cal, adjectiveun·sar·cas·ti·cal·ly, adverb

Synonyms

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2. biting, cutting, mordant, bitter, derisive, ironic, sardonic.

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2. See cynical.
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Examples from the Web for sarcastical

Historical Examples

  • That is not only an invidious, but a sarcastical and barbarous Expression.

    A Dialogue Between Dean Swift and Tho. Prior, Esq.

    Anonymous

  • When company came to Castlewood, he entertained them handsomely, and was of a very pleasant, sarcastical turn.

    The Virginians

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • "Don't do anything you'd be sorry for," he parroted, sarcastical, the young man's recent admonition to the captain.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • The squire said something of Government to my aunt Dorothy, with sarcastical emphasis.

  • He accompanied this with so sarcastical a laugh, that Mrs Western could bear no longer.


British Dictionary definitions for sarcastical

sarcastic

adjective
  1. characterized by sarcasm
  2. given to the use of sarcasm
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Derived Formssarcastically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for sarcastical

sarcastic

adj.

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

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