Definitions for: Sarcasm


[n] witty language used to convey insults or scorn; "he used sarcasm to upset his opponent"; "irony is wasted on the stupid"



Webster (1913) Definition: Sar"casm, n. [F. sarcasme, L. sarcasmus, Gr.
sarkasmo`s, from sarka`zein to tear flesh like dogs, to bite
the lips in rage, to speak bitterly, to sneer, fr. sa`rx,
sa`rkos, flesh.]
A keen, reproachful expression; a satirical remark uttered
with some degree of scorn or contempt; a taunt; a gibe; a
cutting jest.

The sarcasms of those critics who imagine our art to be
a matter of inspiration. --Sir J.
Reynolds.

Syn: Satire; irony; ridicule; taunt; gibe.

Synonyms: caustic remark, irony, satire

See Also: humor, humour, wit, witticism, wittiness

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