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sarcastic

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adjective sar·cas·tic \sär-ˈkas-tik\

Simple Definition of sarcastic

  • : using or showing sarcasm

Full Definition of sarcastic

  1. 1 :  having the character of sarcasm <sarcastic criticism>

  2. 2 :  given to the use of sarcasm :  caustic <a sarcastic critic>

sar·cas·ti·cal·ly play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of sarcastic

  1. DeWitt is everything Shea is not. And Shea quickly felt DeWitt's contempt. “Lincoln is loud,” Jim says. “He makes sarcastic comments because he has to call attention to himself all the time. Some people are insecure because they haven't established themselves yet.” —Anne Marie Cruz, ESPN, 18 Feb. 2002

  2. Close on the heels of “Millionaire” came “The Weakest Link,” which added a new wrinkle (subsequently picked up by “American Idol”): Its British host, Anne Robinson, was presented not as a genteel, erudite tutor but rather as a rude, sarcastic jerk. —Andrew Sullivan, New Republic, 4 Nov. 2002

  3. Frank evokes the eccentric Hamilton family and their feisty Gullah housekeeper with originality and conviction; Susan herself—smart, sarcastic, funny and endearingly flawed—makes a lively and memorable narrator. —Publishers Weekly, 24 Jan. 2000

  4. <her sarcastic comments that my singing reminded her of the time her dog was sick>



Origin of sarcastic

(see sarcasm)


First Known Use: 1695

Synonym Discussion of sarcastic

sarcastic, satiric, ironic, sardonic mean marked by bitterness and a power or will to cut or sting. sarcastic implies an intentional inflicting of pain by deriding, taunting, or ridiculing <a critic known for his sarcastic remarks>. satiric implies that the intent of the ridiculing is censure and reprobation <a satiric look at contemporary society>. ironic implies an attempt to be amusing or provocative by saying usually the opposite of what is meant <made the ironic observation that the government could always be trusted>. sardonic implies scorn, mockery, or derision that is manifested by either verbal or facial expression <surveyed the scene with a sardonic smile>.


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