sarcastic

adjective
sar·​cas·​tic | \ sär-ˈka-stik How to pronounce sarcastic (audio) \

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 How to pronounce sarcastically (audio) \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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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Near the end, Shields positions Lynch as a precursor of sorts to Colin Kaepernick, who refused to stand for the national anthem, and Russell Westbrook, who is comfortable in his sarcastic, adversarial relationship to the press. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "The Profound Silence of Marshawn Lynch," 14 June 2019 But this week, the host of the NBC show threw in a sarcastic observation about Oregon -- while making jokes about Trump, and the campaign to re-elect the president in 2020. oregonlive.com, "Seth Meyers needles Oregon’s image in a joke about Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign plans," 13 June 2019 By contrast, Jeong’s tweets were, at best, mean to some white people, and were written in a context reasonably understood to be a sarcastic response to people who were perpetually harassing her on the basis of her gender and race. Aja Romano, Vox, "The “controversy” over journalist Sarah Jeong joining the New York Times, explained," 3 Aug. 2018 The parents of two — daughters James, 3, and Inez, 19 months — constantly tease each other on social media, cropping the other out of pictures, posting unflattering paparazzi shots and penning some very sarcastic captions. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Ryan Reynolds Says Blake Lively Drove Him to the Hospital While She Was 'Giving Birth'," 27 May 2018 During the match last night, Didi Hamann posted a sarcastic remark aimed at the Arsenal striker on Twitter, saying: 'Glad Aubameyang finally got his wish to sign for a top club'. SI.com, "Former Liverpool Midfielder Pokes Fun at New Arsenal Man With Sarcastic Tweet," 2 Mar. 2018 Fillion's resemblance to fictional hero Nathan Drake, both in appearance and in sarcastic tone, has always been apparent. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Uncharted fan film, starring Nathan Fillion, beats Sony to live-action punch," 16 July 2018 Galliano also made me a pinstripe burgundy wool pencil skirt to match, and the ensemble was a sensation at the Paris shows—and drove the city’s cab drivers into a frenzy of sarcastic wolf whistling. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Les Garçonnes Were Out in Full Force at the Exhibition Opening of Gender Bending Fashion at Boston’s MFA," 19 Mar. 2019 These quips from Reese's famous friends were among thousands of other sarcastic comments from fans who also appreciated her sense of humor. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Reese Witherspoon Responds to Rumors That She's Pregnant With Her Fourth Child," 18 Mar. 2019

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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 How to pronounce sarcastic (audio) \

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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