sarcasm

[sahr-kaz-uhm]
noun
1.
harsh or bitter derision or irony.
2.
a sharply ironical taunt; sneering or cutting remark: a review full of sarcasms.

Origin:
1570–80; < Late Latin sarcasmus < Greek sarkasmós, derivative of sarkázein to rend (flesh), sneer; see sarco-

supersarcasm, noun


1. sardonicism, bitterness, ridicule. See irony1. 2. jeer.
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sarcasm (ˈsɑːkæzəm)
 
n
1.  mocking, contemptuous, or ironic language intended to convey scorn or insult
2.  the use or tone of such language
 
[C16: from Late Latin sarcasmus, from Greek sarkasmos, from sarkazein to rend the flesh, from sarx flesh]

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sarcasm
1579, from L.L. sarcasmos, from Gk. sarkasmos "a sneer, jest, taunt, mockery," from sarkazein "to speak bitterly, sneer," lit. "to strip off the flesh," from sarx (gen. sarkos) "flesh," prop. "piece of meat," from PIE base *twerk- "to cut" (cf. Avestan thwares "to cut"). Sarcastic is from 1695. For
nuances of usage, see humor.
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sarcasm definition


A form of irony in which apparent praise conceals another, scornful meaning. For example, a sarcastic remark directed at a person who consistently arrives fifteen minutes late for appointments might be, “Oh, you've arrived exactly on time!”

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Example sentences
Now and then there was a touch of sarcasm in his voice.
Her sarcasm searched the ranks of the officials with the deadly and unsparing
  precision of a machine-gun.
All the cynicism, sarcasm and general hatred for mankind you think you have
  they possess in their little fingers.
Sarcasm from the pig ignorant has never been amusing.
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