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sarcastic

sarcastic

adjective sar·cas·tic \sär-ˈkas-tik\

: using or showing sarcasm

Full Definition of SARCASTIC

1
:  having the character of sarcasm <sarcastic criticism>
2
:  given to the use of sarcasm :  caustic <a sarcastic critic>
sar·cas·ti·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of SARCASTIC

  1. <her sarcastic comments that my singing reminded her of the time her dog was sick>
  2. 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

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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