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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 sarcastically

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Historical Examples

  • "He seems to have told you a fearful lot," John sarcastically exclaimed.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • "Well, if you are not afraid, you'll come and join us," sarcastically returned Bywater.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • "Railroad fifty miles away; boat every once in a while," said I sarcastically.

    The Forest

    Stewart Edward White

  • "Be careful not to hurt it," said Canning Forbes, sarcastically.

  • "Troth, an' there's little to see when you get there," rejoined the other, sarcastically.

    Roland Cashel

    Charles James Lever


British Dictionary definitions for sarcastically

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 sarcastically

sarcastic

adj.

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

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