If someone can see you are plainly sick with a cold and they ask how you are feeling and you rudely comment "never better," this is an example ofsarcasm.
- a taunting, sneering, cutting, or caustic remark; gibe or jeer, generally ironic
- the making of such remarks
- their characteristic quality
Origin of sarcasmLate Latin sarcasmos ; from Classical Greek sarkasmos ; from sarkazein, to tear flesh like dogs, speak bitterly ; from sarx (gen. sarkos), flesh ; from Indo-European base an unverified form twerk-, to cut from source Avestan thwarəs-, to cut, whittle
- A cutting, often ironic remark intended to express contempt or ridicule.
- A form of wit characterized by the use of such remarks: detected a hint of sarcasm in his voice.
Origin of sarcasmLate Latin sarcasmus, from Greek sarkasmos, from sarkazein, to bite the lips in rage, from sarx, sark-, flesh.
(countable and uncountable, plural sarcasms)
- (uncountable) A form of humor that is marked by mocking with irony, sometimes conveyed in speech with vocal over-emphasis. Insincerely saying something which is the opposite of one's intended meaning, often to emphasize how unbelievable or unlikely it sounds if taken literally, thereby illustrating the obvious nature of one's intended meaning.
- Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit.
- (countable) An act of sarcasm.
From Late Latin sarcasmus, from Ancient Greek ÏƒÎ±ÏÎºÎ±ÏƒÎ¼ÏŒÏ‚ (sarkasmos, “a sneer"), from ÏƒÎ±ÏÎºÎ¬Î¶ÎµÎ¹Î½ (sarkazein, “gnash the teeth (in anger), literally, to strip off the flesh"), from ÏƒÎ¬ÏÎ¾ (sarks, “flesh").