What does sarcasm mean?

Definitions for sarcasm
ˈsɑr kæz əmsar·casm

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sarcasm, irony, satire, caustic remarknoun

    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


  1. sarcasmnoun

    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. sarcasmnoun

    An act of sarcasm.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SARCASMnoun

    A keen reproach; a taunt; a gibe.

    Etymology: sarcasme, Fr. sarcasmus, Latin.

    Sarcasms of wit are transmitted in story. Gov. of the Tongue.

    Rejoice, O young man, says Solomon, in a severe sarcasm, in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thy heart; but know that for these things God will bring thee into judgment. John Rogers, Sermons.

    When an angry master says to his servant it is bravely done, it is one way of giving a severe reproach; for the words are spoken by way of sarcasm, or irony. Isaac Watts.


  1. Sarcasm

    Sarcasm is "a sharp, bitter, or cutting expression or remark; a bitter gibe or taunt". Sarcasm may employ ambivalence, although sarcasm is not necessarily ironic. Most noticeable in spoken word, sarcasm is mainly distinguished by the inflection with which it is spoken and is largely context-dependent.


  1. sarcasm

    Sarcasm is a form of verbal irony often used to mock or convey contempt, where someone says one thing but means the opposite, typically in a sharp or cutting way. It is often characterized by tone of voice, word choice, or exaggerated statements. Sarcasm can be used as a form of humor, criticism or express annoyance.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sarcasmnoun

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sarcasm

    sär′kazm, n. a bitter sneer: a satirical remark in scorn or contempt: irony: a gibe.—adjs. Sarcas′tic, -al, containing sarcasm: bitterly satirical.—adv. Sarcas′tically. [Fr.,—L. sarcasmus—Gr. sarkasmossarkazein, to tear flesh like dogs, to speak bitterly—sarx, sarkos, flesh.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sarcasm in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sarcasm in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of sarcasm in a Sentence

  1. Marianne Moore:

    We are suffering from too much sarcasm.

  2. Bridget Anne Kelly:

    I realize that my offhanded attempts at sarcasm and humor were not as witty as they were intended to be, but even with this acknowledgment ... I am not guilty for the crimes of which I have been accused.

  3. Johann Kaspar Lavater:

    There are many kinds of smiles, each having a distinct character. Some announce goodness, and sweetness, others betray sarcasm, bitterness, and pride; some soften the countenance by their languishing tenderness, others brighten by their spiritual vivacity.

  4. Argye Hillis:

    We typically tell families that they [right-hemisphere stroke survivors] might have difficulty understanding sarcasm, so it's better just to be literal.

  5. Theresa May:

    They have provided no credible explanation, instead they have treated the use of a military grade nerve agent in Europe with sarcasm, contempt and defiance.

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