Definition of sarcasm in English:

sarcasm

noun

  • [mass noun] The use of irony to mock or convey contempt.

    ‘she didn't like the note of sarcasm in his voice’
    • ‘His tone held a hint of mockery and sarcasm when he addressed her as young lady.’
    • ‘A mere two months ago every Friday was a virtual smorgasbord of sarcasm for me.’
    • ‘His wit, sarcasm, and sense of irony are not always easy to distinguish from where he is sincere.’
    • ‘But sarcasm, whether or not it's the lowest form of wit, is an expression of weakness.’
    • ‘Whenever the band got some coverage in music bible the NME, it was packed with sarcasm and cheap jibes.’
    • ‘There are jokes and smatterings of sarcasm and irony in Register stories but these aren't for you.’
    • ‘Despite missing her lines on a number of occasions, she made up for it with fantastic sneers and sarcasm.’
    • ‘Now is a time for cynics to drop their superior sneers, swap their sarcasm for a sleigh and listen to the Santa in their soul.’
    • ‘There was a tinge of sarcasm in his voice and I could sense a laughter somewhere in the background.’
    • ‘Her voice dripping with cynical sarcasm, she said she would have those words mounted and framed.’
    • ‘Her voice was dripping with sarcasm and, Cole noted with amusement, jealousy.’
    • ‘All right, we admit sarcasm isn't the nicest way to make a point, but you have to admit it's effective.’
    • ‘Watch out for scorn, sarcasm, ridicule and contempt and inappropriate humour.’
    • ‘Through sarcasm and dark comedic intonation, he seeks to expose true dilemmas and issues.’
    • ‘All sarcasm aside, the bottom line here is that the film just doesn't work.’
    • ‘From someone as sharp as Morrissey, blunt sarcasm is enormously disappointing.’
    • ‘Karen is quite a character, a woman of humor, sarcasm and extreme estrogen.’
    • ‘Although it looks like she is writing about the life she herself loves to lead, there is a certain amount of sarcasm in this book.’
    • ‘We can only presume that the index does not account for such complex concepts as sarcasm and irony.’
    • ‘Witty sarcasm is fun, but back it up with something if you want it to be taken seriously.’
    derision, mockery, ridicule, satire, irony, scorn, sneering, scoffing, gibing, taunting
    trenchancy, mordancy, acerbity
    causticity, mordacity
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Origin

Mid 16th century: from French sarcasme, or via late Latin from late Greek sarkasmos, from Greek sarkazein tear flesh, in late Greek gnash the teeth, speak bitterly (from sarx, sark- flesh).

Pronunciation:

sarcasm

/ˈsɑːkaz(ə)m/