Sarcasm meaning

särkăzəm
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 of sarcasm.

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A cutting, often ironic remark intended to express contempt or ridicule.
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Their characteristic quality.
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A taunting, sneering, cutting, or caustic remark; gibe or jeer, generally ironic.
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A form of wit characterized by the use of such remarks.

Detected a hint of sarcasm in his voice.

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The making of such remarks.
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(countable) An act of sarcasm.
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(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.

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Origin of sarcasm

  • 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

  • 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").

    From Wiktionary