sarcasm

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EtymologyEdit

From Late Latin sarcasmus, from Ancient Greek σαρκασμός (sarkasmós, a sneer), from σαρκάζω (sarkázō, I gnash the teeth (in anger), literally I strip off the flesh), from σάρξ (sárx, flesh).

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sarcasm (countable and uncountable, plural sarcasms)

  1. (uncountable) Use of acerbic language to mock or convey contempt, often using irony and (in speech) often marked by overemphasis and a sneering tone of voice.
    Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit.
  2. (countable) An act of sarcasm.

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Because sarcasm and irony often go together, people often use sarcasm to refer to irony. Strictly speaking, an ironic statement is one that means the opposite of its content, and a sarcastic statement is an acerbic or sardonic one. To distinguish the two, saying "Oh my gosh, I hate you!" to sincerely congratulate one's best friend on their good fortune is ironic, but not sarcastic; saying, "I'm not a mind reader, okay?" is sarcastic, but not ironic.

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EtymologyEdit

From French sarcasme, from Latin sarcasmus.

NounEdit

sarcasm n (plural sarcasme)

  1. sarcasm

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