(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.
Other Word Forms of Sarcasm
Origin of Sarcasm
From Late Latin sarcasmus, from Ancient Greek σαρκασμός (sarkasmos, “a sneer"), from σαρκάζειν (sarkazein, “gnash the teeth (in anger), literally, to strip off the flesh"), from σάρξ (sarks, “flesh").
Late Latin sarcasmus from Greek sarkasmos from sarkazein to bite the lips in rage from sarx sark- flesh
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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