Definition of sarcasm in English:

sarcasm

noun

  • The use of irony to mock or convey contempt.

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

/ˈsärˌkazəm//ˈsɑrˌkæzəm/