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  • ORIGIN mid 16th cent.: from French sarcasme, or via late Latin from late Greek sarkasmos, from Greek sarkazein ‘tear flesh,’ in late Greek ‘gnash the teeth, speak bitterly’ from sarx, sark- ‘flesh’ .

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  • Greek “to tear flesh” relative of sarcasm and sarcophagus, referring to the limestone coffins which would rapidly decompose the bodies they held

    March 16, 2023