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sarcasm (ˈsɑːkæzəm Pronunciation for sarcasm



  1. mocking, contemptuous, or ironic language intended to convey scorn or insult
  2. the use or tone of such language

Word Origin

C16: from Late Latin sarcasmus, from Greek sarkasmos, from sarkazein to rend the flesh, from sarx flesh


View thesaurus entry
= irony, satire, cynicism, contempt, ridicule, bitterness, scorn, sneering, mockery, venom, derision, vitriol, mordancy, causticness

Translations for 'sarcasm'

  • British English: sarcasm If you say something with sarcasm, you say the opposite of what you really mean in order to be rude to someone. NOUNWhat a pity,' he said with a hint of sarcasm.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: sarcasmo
  • Chinese: 挖苦
  • European Spanish: sarcasmo
  • French: sarcasme
  • German: Sarkasmus
  • Italian: sarcasmo
  • Japanese: 皮肉
  • Korean: 비꼼
  • Portuguese: sarcasmo
  • Spanish: sarcasmo

Example Sentences Including 'sarcasm'

Be too serious A bit of gentle sarcasm can help to break the ice.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
But the librarian's sarcasm had been undeniable; I couldn't imagine him accepting thanks with grace.
Tracy Chevalier THE VIRGIN BLUE (2002)
But there you are: apparently expressions of disgust and pitying sarcasm are all part of the rich pattern we call family life.
Jane Asher LOSING IT (2002)
Carol felt fourteen again, snagged on the jagged edge of her maths teacher's sarcasm.
He had acted no better than the smirking PC when he insulted her with his sarcasm.
Peter Robinson AFTERMATH (2001)
It lasted five minutes... excuse me, 10 minutes," Villeneuve said with sarcasm.
Ottawa Sun (2003)
The one-time rss preacher has evolved into a slogansmith, full of wit and sarcasm.
India Today (2002)
`We spent the weekend," she later said with no hint of sarcasm , `cleaning out closets.
Misc (1999)


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