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caustic remark

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n caustic remark witty language used to convey insults or scorn "he used sarcasm to upset his opponent","irony is wasted on the stupid","Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own"--Jonathan Swift"
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Usage

In literature:

They, too, seemed a little on the defensive with me, and once in a while Mary was caustic in her remarks.
"A Far Country, Complete" by Winston Churchill
About this time, his remarks on the subject of taxation, however, were singularly caustic, and well applied.
"The Monikins" by J. Fenimore Cooper
The Abbot was greatly annoyed, and mumbled a series of reproaches and caustic remarks.
"The Saint" by Antonio Fogazzaro
But Gisela was merely disturbed lest the Obersthofmeisterin who stood but three feet away overhear his caustic remarks.
"The White Morning" by Gertrude Atherton
Kenko would have had some caustic remark for that.
"Mince Pie" by Christopher Darlington Morley
As for his friends, Silvey, after a few caustic remarks, forbore comment.
"A Son of the City" by Herman Gastrell Seely
He was noted for his caustic remarks and bitter sayings.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama" by E. Cobham Brewer
But it is easier to remember and to report his caustic and humorous remarks.
"The Bibliotaph" by Leon H. Vincent
Alan and the two girls allowed Peet's caustic remarks to pass without reply.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
On one occasion he dropped a caustic remark about the bigots who contend that God is a moralising censor.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Probably Coach Robey's remarks in the interim had been sufficiently caustic to get under the skin.
"Left Guard Gilbert" by Ralph Henry Barbour
Then I won't be round here to make no sour-caustic remarks and gum up yer party.
"The Pathless Trail" by Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
As usual, Mattie made as many caustic remarks as possible, but Jane refused to answer.
"Jane Stewardess of the Air Lines" by Ruthe S. Wheeler
William was a quaint Scotsman, shrewd and caustic in his remarks, like many of his nation.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland" by Various
It was not quite powerful enough, however, to check that one caustic remark.
"Marjorie Dean High School Senior" by Pauline Lester
Harriet continued her caustic remarks to Margaret.
"Margaret Capel, v. 3 of 3" by Ellen Wallace
I made some caustic remark about the weather as I sat down.
"Atlantic Narratives" by Mary Antin
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In science:

Beyond this caustic and somehow pessimistic remark, yet rigorous, below we offer light at the end of the tunnel by using the theoretical predictions to de fine an approximative, yet accurate, way to measure the geo metrical coordination.
Theory of random packings
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