noun sar·casm \ˈsär-ˌka-zəm\

: the use of words that mean the opposite of what you really want to say especially in order to insult someone, to show irritation, or to be funny

Full Definition of SARCASM

:  a sharp and often satirical or ironic utterance designed to cut or give pain
a :  a mode of satirical wit depending for its effect on bitter, caustic, and often ironic language that is usually directed against an individual
b :  the use or language of sarcasm

Examples of SARCASM

  1. That was my favorite show yet this tour, Banks says. I love audiences that are ambivalent. For a second, I think he's laying on the sarcasm, until he continues. I really like the chance to win people over. —David Peisner, Spin, August 2007

Origin of SARCASM

French or Late Latin; French sarcasme, from Late Latin sarcasmos, from Greek sarkasmos, from sarkazein to tear flesh, bite the lips in rage, sneer, from sark-, sarx flesh; probably akin to Avestan thwarəs- to cut
First Known Use: 1550

Synonym Discussion of SARCASM

wit, humor, irony, sarcasm, satire, repartee mean a mode of expression intended to arouse amusement. wit suggests the power to evoke laughter by remarks showing verbal felicity or ingenuity and swift perception especially of the incongruous <a playful wit>. humor implies an ability to perceive the ludicrous, the comical, and the absurd in human life and to express these usually without bitterness <a sense of humor>. irony applies to a manner of expression in which the intended meaning is the opposite of what is seemingly expressed <the irony of the title>. sarcasm applies to expression frequently in the form of irony that is intended to cut or wound <given to heartless sarcasm>. satire applies to writing that exposes or ridicules conduct, doctrines, or institutions either by direct criticism or more often through irony, parody, or caricature <a satire on the Congress>. repartee implies the power of answering quickly, pointedly, or wittily <a dinner guest noted for repartee>.

Rhymes with SARCASM

SARCASM Defined for Kids


noun sar·casm \ˈsär-ˌka-zəm\

Definition of SARCASM for Kids

:  the use of words that normally mean one thing to mean just the opposite usually to hurt someone's feelings or show scorn


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