noun sar·casm \ˈsär-ˌka-zəm\

: the use of words that mean the opposite of what you really want to say especially in order to insult someone, to show irritation, or to be funny

Full Definition of SARCASM

:  a sharp and often satirical or ironic utterance designed to cut or give pain
a :  a mode of satirical wit depending for its effect on bitter, caustic, and often ironic language that is usually directed against an individual
b :  the use or language of sarcasm

Examples of SARCASM

  1. a voice full of sarcasm
  2. <I know you're not happy, but there's no need to resort to petty sarcasms to make your point.>
  3. That was my favorite show yet this tour, Banks says. I love audiences that are ambivalent. For a second, I think he's laying on the sarcasm, until he continues. I really like the chance to win people over. —David Peisner, Spin, August 2007

Origin of SARCASM

French or Late Latin; French sarcasme, from Late Latin sarcasmos, from Greek sarkasmos, from sarkazein to tear flesh, bite the lips in rage, sneer, from sark-, sarx flesh; probably akin to Avestan thwarəs- to cut
First Known Use: 1550

Rhymes with SARCASM


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