Synonyms & Antonyms of sarcastic

See the Dictionary Definition 

Frequently Asked Questions About sarcastic

How is the word sarcastic different from other adjectives like it?

Some common synonyms of sarcastic are ironic, sardonic, and satiric. While all these words 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

When is it sensible to use ironic instead of sarcastic?

In some situations, the words ironic and sarcastic are roughly equivalent. However, 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

When would sardonic be a good substitute for sarcastic?

The meanings of sardonic and sarcastic largely overlap; however, sardonic implies scorn, mockery, or derision that is manifested by either verbal or facial expression.

surveyed the scene with a sardonic smile

In what contexts can satiric take the place of sarcastic?

While in some cases nearly identical to sarcastic, satiric implies that the intent of the ridiculing is censure and reprobation.

a satiric look at contemporary society

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about sarcastic

Time Traveler for sarcastic

Time Traveler

The first known use of sarcastic was in 1695

See more words from the same year

Statistics for sarcastic

Last Updated

28 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sarcastic.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on sarcastic

Dictionary: Definition of sarcastic

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with sarcastic

Spanish Central: Translation of sarcastic

Nglish: Translation of sarcastic for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of sarcastic for Arabic Speakers

Comments on sarcastic

What made you want to look up sarcastic? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!