English Dictionary

Pioneers in dictionary publishing since 1819

sarcasm (ˈsɑːkæzəm



  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'

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)


Log in to comment on this word.