noun Etymology: French or Late Latin; French sarcasme, from Late Latin sarcasmos, from Greek sarkasmos, from sarkazein to tear flesh, bite the lips in rage, sneer, from sark-, sarx flesh; probably akin to Avestan thwarəs- to cut Date: 1550 1. a sharp and often satirical or ironic utterance designed to cut or give pain <
tired of continual sarcasms
2. a. a mode of satirical wit depending for its effect on bitter, caustic, and often ironic language that is usually directed against an individual b. the use or language of sarcasm <
this is no time to indulge in sarcasm
Synonyms: see wit

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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