Definition of sarcasm noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈsɑːkæzəm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɑːrkæzəm//
[uncountable] Linguistic devices
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a way of using words that are the opposite of what you mean in order to be unpleasant to somebody or to make fun of them ‘That will be useful,’ she snapped with heavy sarcasm (= she really thought it would not be useful at all). a hint/touch/trace of sarcasm in his voice See related entries: Linguistic devices Word Originmid 16th cent.: from French sarcasme, or via late Latin from late Greek sarkasmos, from Greek sarkazein ‘tear flesh’, in late Greek ‘gnash the teeth, speak bitterly’ (from sarx, sark- ‘flesh’).Extra examples ‘Your skills amaze me,’ she said, with heavy sarcasm. He made the remark without a hint of sarcasm. His voice dripped (with) sarcasm. I detected a touch of sarcasm in his remarks. I love him for his cutting wit and dry sarcasm. James caught the sarcasm in her voice. There was an edge of sarcasm in her voice. ‘I’m impressed,’ Graham said with thinly-veiled sarcasm. Her voice was heavy with sarcasm.
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