American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A cutting, often ironic remark intended to wound.
- n. A form of wit that is marked by the use of sarcastic language and is intended to make its victim the butt of contempt or ridicule.
- n. The use of sarcasm. See Synonyms at wit1.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A biting taunt or gibe, or the use of such a taunt; a bitter, cutting expression; a satirical remark or expression, uttered with scorn or contempt; in rhetoric, a form of irony; bitter irony.
- n. Synonyms Irony, etc. (see satire,) taunt, fling.
- n. uncountable A form of humor that is marked by mocking with irony, sometimes conveyed in speech with vocal over-emphasis. Insincerely saying something which is the opposite of one's intended meaning, often to emphasize how unbelievable or unlikely it sounds if taken literally, thereby illustrating the obvious nature of one's intended meaning.
- n. countable An act of sarcasm.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A keen, reproachful expression; a satirical remark uttered with some degree of scorn or contempt; a taunt; a gibe; a cutting jest.
- n. witty language used to convey insults or scorn
- From Late Latin sarcasmus, from Ancient Greek σαρκασμός (sarkasmos, "a sneer"), from σαρκάζειν ("gnash the teeth (in anger), literally, to strip off the flesh"), from σάρξ (sarks, "flesh"). (Wiktionary)
- Late Latin sarcasmus, from Greek sarkasmos, from sarkazein, to bite the lips in rage, from sarx, sark-, flesh. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“The word sarcasm comes from a Greek word that means "to tear flesh".”
“The word sarcasm is from a Greek word that means "to tear flesh".”
“Mr. Smith says that for the future he will give up what he calls sarcasm, and confine himself, "as far as possible," to what he calls dry reasoning from incontrovertible premises.”
“If you'd ever heard the term sarcasm, my dear, I should think you were slipping something over on me.”
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“This means that, here at least, sarcasm is not a reliable form of reliable communication or even of reliable humor.”
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