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[sahr-kas-tik] /sɑrˈkæs tɪk/
of, relating to, or characterized by sarcasm:
a sarcastic reply.
using or given to the use of sarcasm:
to be sarcastic about ambition.
Also, sarcastical.
Origin of sarcastic
1685-95; sarc(asm) + -astic
Related forms
sarcastically, adverb
sarcasticness, sarcasticalness, noun
quasi-sarcastic, adjective
quasi-sarcastically, adverb
supersarcastic, adjective
supersarcastically, adverb
unsarcastic, adjective
unsarcastical, adjective
unsarcastically, adverb
2. biting, cutting, mordant, bitter, derisive, ironic, sardonic. See cynical. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sarcastic
  • There's not much evidence of a coherent message in your post, other than being sarcastic and snide.
  • Call it a sarcastic flourish after a rather cutting opinion.
  • They are sarcastic, self-aware, and often wickedly funny.
  • The relentlessly haughty, sarcastic tone suggests an almost sociopathic inability to feel empathy.
  • sarcastic, tired flippancy has stolen the place of the first, and lugubrious resentment has deposed the second.
  • There is a deep sarcastic tone in many of his words, with a not so typical slant on reality of day to day situations.
  • And her book's sour, sarcastic, self-involved heroine is too much of a pill to be endearing.
  • The tone of the spoken sections is sarcastic, biting.
  • The temptation to be short, sarcastic, incredulous in reply is powerful.
  • Mainstream reporters have shushed the bloggers when their sarcastic comments on the testimony drowned out the audio feed.
British Dictionary definitions for sarcastic


characterized by sarcasm
given to the use of sarcasm
Derived Forms
sarcastically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for sarcastic

1690s, from sarcasm, perhaps on the model of enthusiastic. Related: Sarcastical (1640s); sarcastically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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