sarcastic

adjective
sar·cas·tic | \ sär-ˈka-stik \

Definition of sarcastic 

1 : having the character of sarcasm sarcastic criticism

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

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Other words from sarcastic

sarcastically \sär-ˈka-sti-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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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

snarky vs. sarcastic

Some have questioned whether snarky is a real word. There can be no doubt that it is; the adjective has been recorded in English since 1906. Its original meaning, “crotchety, snappish,” has largely been overtaken, however, by the far more frequently-encountered sense “sarcastic, impertinent or irreverent.” The precise difference between utterances described as sarcastic and snarky will vary somewhat based on the individual using each word. Some feel that sarcastic usually implies irony, or stating the opposite of what is really intended (for example, “thank you so much for your promptness” spoken to someone who arrives late), whereas snarky implies simple impertinence or irreverence (as when Downton Abbey's Dowager Countess asks Isobel Crawley, “does it ever get cold on the moral high ground?”)

Examples of sarcastic in a Sentence

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 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 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 her sarcastic comments that my singing reminded her of the time her dog was sick
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Nirvana’s roaring disdain for the social hierarchies of Reagan-Bush America was conveyed both in Kurt Cobain’s sarcastic lyrics and in his onstage cross-dressing. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What Linkin Park Gave to Pop Music," 25 June 2018 His stand-up act is family-friendly, centering on self-deprecating humor, sarcastic takes on daily life and physical comedy. Dan Kelly, kansascity, "KC events Jan. 11-17: Monster Jam, KC Restaurant Week, Criss Angel | The Kansas City Star," 8 Jan. 2018 The juxtaposition — robust muscleman and gawky fowl — is a wonderfully sarcastic rebuke to Plato’s description of humans as featherless bipeds. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Out of the shadows and into the light: 'Chiaroscuro Woodcut' is a sleeper hit at LACMA," 5 July 2018 While some admire Dershowitz for sticking to his opinion despite the ridicule, others have responded with sarcastic pity. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Alan Dershowitz’s Martha's Vineyard Neighbors Are Shunning Him for Defending Donald Trump," 3 July 2018 The casual attitude can sometimes combine with the occasional intonation glitch and come across as annoyed, tired, disinterested, or sarcastic. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Talking to Google Duplex: Google’s human-like phone AI feels revolutionary," 27 June 2018 Teahen is one of the most delightfully sarcastic players in recent baseball history, and the entire thing was directly in his wheelhouse. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "The Royals' pen pal is a 74-year-old Navy vet who wants to fix Danny Duffy's follow-through," 14 June 2018 Maybe all the jokes and sarcastic songs and abuse heaped on the Russian national team heading into the World Cup were misplaced. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "Winning changes everything for once-ridiculed Russian national team," 24 June 2018 Monreal chipped in with five goals in his 28 appearances for Arsenal last season, and the defender's surprising goal tally has provoked a somewhat more sarcastic reaction from some fans to the news. SI.com, "Arsenal Fans React to Rumours Linking Popular Defender With Surprise Move to Spain," 22 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sarcastic.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of sarcastic

1695, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sarcastic

sarc(asm) + -astic, by analogy with other Greek-derived words where the suffixes -asm and -astic imply one another (as enthusiasm, enthusiastic

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sarcastic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of sarcastic

: using or showing sarcasm

sarcastic

adjective
sar·cas·tic | \ sär-ˈka-stik \

Kids Definition of sarcastic

1 : showing sarcasm a sarcastic reply

2 : being in the habit of using sarcasm a sarcastic person

Other words from sarcastic

sarcastically \-sti-kə-lē \ adverb

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