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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).


  • IPA(key): /ˈsɑːɹˌkæzəm/, /ˈsɑːˌkæzəm/
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sarcasm ‎(countable and uncountable, plural sarcasms)

  1. (uncountable) The use of irony (saying the opposite of what is meant) to mock or convey contempt; in speech, often accompanied with deliberate signalling of the irony by using overemphasis and a sneering tone of voice.
    Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, in The Celebrity:
      Although the Celebrity was almost impervious to sarcasm, he was now beginning to exhibit visible signs of uneasiness, the consciousness dawning upon him that his eccentricity was not receiving the ovation it merited.
  2. (countable) An act of sarcasm.


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