- The definition of sarcasm is mocking humor, or the use of irony to make a joke.
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.
sarcasm definition by Webster's New World
- a taunting, sneering, cutting, or caustic remark; gibe or jeer, generally ironic
- the making of such remarks
- their characteristic quality
Origin: Late 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
sarcasm definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A cutting, often ironic remark intended to wound.
- A form of wit that is marked by the use of sarcastic language and is intended to make its victim the butt of contempt or ridicule.
- The use of sarcasm. See Synonyms at wit1.
Origin: Late Latin sarcasmus, from Greek sarkasmos, from sarkazein, to bite the lips in rage, from sarx, sark-, flesh.
sarcasm - Cultural Definition
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!”