Definitions for sarcasmˈsɑr kæz əm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sar•casm*ˈsɑr kæz əm(n.)

  1. harsh or bitter derision or irony.

  2. a sharply ironical taunt; sneering or cutting remark.

* Syn: See irony1.

Origin of sarcasm:

1570–80; < LL sarcasmus < Gk sarkasmós, der. of sarkázein to rend (flesh), sneer; see sarco -

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sarcasm, irony, satire, caustic remark(noun)

    witty language used to convey insults or scorn

    "he used sarcasm to upset his opponent"; "irony is wasted on the stupid"; "Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own"--Jonathan Swift

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. sarcasm(noun)ˈsɑr kæz əm

    words you say that are the opposite of what you mean, used to express negative emotions or thoughts

    a hint of sarcasm in his voice


  1. sarcasm(Noun)

    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.

  2. sarcasm(Noun)

    An act of sarcasm.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sarcasm(noun)

    a keen, reproachful expression; a satirical remark uttered with some degree of scorn or contempt; a taunt; a gibe; a cutting jest


  1. Sarcasm

    Sarcasm is "a sharp, bitter, or cutting expression or remark; a bitter gibe or taunt." In modern usage, the word "sarcasm" is commonly interpreted as involving irony, or employs ambivalence, but traditionally sarcasm was not necessarily irony.

Translations for sarcasm

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(the use of) unpleasant remarks intended to hurt a person's feelings.

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