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Examples of sarcasm in a Sentence
- "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
- "The best part of being single," Bryce Donovan jokes, "is being able to choose any woman I want to shoot me down." Such self-deprecating sarcasm is the trademark of this newsman's four-year-old weekly column "It Beats Working" in the Charleston Post and Courier. —People, 26 June 2006
- "But see," I say … "in my line of work I'm supposed to dress in a way that makes clients feel sorry for me, or better yet superior to me. I think I accomplish that pretty well." Paul looks over at me again with a distasteful look that might be ready to slide into sarcasm, only he doesn't know if I'm making fun of him. He says nothing. —Richard Ford, Independence Day, (1995) 1996
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Recent Examples of sarcasm from the Web
Turner's sarcasm aside, Portland's home opener presents a uniquely challenging opponent.
Sorry about the brute sarcasm, but I’m fed up with living in a country where a massacre doesn’t even make the top of the news anymore.
During the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln famously exchanged letters and telegraph messages with his generals, some dripping with sarcasm or anger.
Merv Kilbo from Dadnapped Merv had three important things going for him: stylish hair, a crisp white suit, and sarcasm.
After navigating the Cubs to a 10-inning victory Friday night that lasted four hours, three minutes, manager Joe Maddon didn't lose his sense of sarcasm.
And even though Taylor clearly has some nostalgic affection for her old clothes, none of them seem to be above a little good-natured sarcasm.
McCain oozed with sarcasm Tuesday afternoon when asked about the Senate finance committee's decision to hold a last-minute hearing on Graham-Cassidy next week.
Their fast, sarcasm-laden rapport reminds one of an old show like Bewitched or Wendy and Me.
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What is the Origin of sarcasm?
If you've ever been hurt by a remark full of cutting sarcasm, you have some insight into the origins of the word. "Sarcasm" can be traced back to the Greek verb sarkazein, which initially meant "to tear flesh like a dog." "Sarkazein" eventually developed extended senses of "to bite one's lips in rage," "to gnash one's teeth," and eventually "to sneer." "Sarkazein" led to the Greek noun sarkasmos, ("a sneering or hurtful remark"), iterations of which passed through French and Late Latin before arriving in English as "sarcasm" in the mid-16th century. Even today sarcasm is often described as sharp, cutting, or wounding, reminiscent of the original meaning of the Greek verb.
Origin and Etymology of sarcasm
First Known Use: 1619See Words from the same year
Synonymsaffront, barb, brickbat, cut, dart, dig, dis (also diss) [slang], epithet, gird, indignity, name, offense (or offence), outrage, personality, poke, put-down, insult, slap, slight, slur
Related Wordscatcall, gibe (or jibe), jeer, mock, quip, sneer, taunt; abuse, invective, vituperation; disapproval, opprobrium; disgrace, dishonor, shame; attack, criticism, knock, slam, swipe; torment, torture
Near Antonymsaccolade, commendation, compliment; acclaim, applause, praise; adulation, flattery
Synonym Discussion of sarcasm
- a playful wit
- a sense of humor
- the irony of the title
- given to heartless sarcasm
- a satire on the Congress
- a dinner guest noted for repartee
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