sarcasm


sarcasm
sar|cas|m [ˈsa:kæzəm US ˈsa:r-] n [U]
[Date: 1500-1600; : French; Origin: sarcasme, from Late Latin, from Greek sarkasmos, from sarkazein 'to tear flesh, bite your lip angrily, sneer', from sarx 'flesh']
a way of speaking or writing that involves saying the opposite of what you really mean in order to make an unkind joke or to show that you are annoyed
'Good of you to arrive on time,' George said, with heavy sarcasm (=very clear sarcasm) .
hint/trace/edge/touch of sarcasm
There was just a touch of sarcasm in her voice.

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  • Sarcasm — Sar casm, n. [F. sarcasme, L. sarcasmus, Gr. sarkasmo s, from sarka zein to tear flesh like dogs, to bite the lips in rage, to speak bitterly, to sneer, fr. sa rx, sa rkos, flesh.] A keen, reproachful expression; a satirical remark uttered with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • sarcasm — [n] mocking remark acrimony, aspersion, banter, bitterness, burlesque, causticness, censure, comeback, contempt, corrosiveness, criticism, cut*, cynicism, derision, dig*, disparagement, flouting, invective, irony, lampooning, mockery, mordancy,… …   New thesaurus

  • sarcasm — ► NOUN ▪ the use of irony to mock or convey contempt. ORIGIN Greek sarkasmos, from sarkazein tear flesh , later gnash the teeth, speak bitterly …   English terms dictionary

  • sarcasm — [sär′kaz΄əm] n. [LL sarcasmos < Gr sarkasmos < sarkazein, to tear flesh like dogs, speak bitterly < sarx (gen. sarkos), flesh < IE base * twerk , to cut > Avestan thwarəs , to cut, whittle] 1. a taunting, sneering, cutting, or… …   English World dictionary

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