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sarcasm

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sarcasm 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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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sarcasm A keen, reproachful expression; a satirical remark uttered with some degree of scorn or contempt; a taunt; a gibe; a cutting jest. "The sarcasms of those critics who imagine our art to be a matter of inspiration."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sarcasm A biting taunt or gibe, or the use of such a taunt; a bitter, cutting expression; a satirical remark or expression, uttered with scorn or contempt; in rhetoric, a form of irony; bitter irony.
    • n sarcasm Synonyms Irony, etc. (see satire,) taunt, fling.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sarcasm sär′kazm a bitter sneer: a satirical remark in scorn or contempt: irony: a gibe
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Quotations

  • Samuel Butler
    Samuel%20Butler
    “Neither irony or sarcasm is argument.”
  • E. Wigglesworh
    E. Wigglesworh
    “Sarcasm spoils reproof.”
  • Marianne Moore
    Marianne Moore
    “We are suffering from too much sarcasm.”
  • Roland Barthes
    Roland%20Barthes
    “What I claim is to live to the full the contradiction of my time, which may well make sarcasm the condition of truth.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    Thomas%20Carlyle
    “Sarcasm I now see to be, in general, the language of the devil; for which reason I have long since as good as renounced it.”
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky
    Fyodor%20Dostoevsky
    “Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the privacy of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. sarcasmus—Gr. sarkasmossarkazein, to tear flesh like dogs, to speak bitterly—sarx, sarkos, flesh.

Usage

In literature:

No dispassionate auditor could have failed to detect the nasty ring of sarcasm.
"The Little Warrior" by P. G. Wodehouse
Thus, with sarcasm, do I smash the deceptive Gloverson.
"The Complete Works of Artemus Ward" by Charles Farrar Browne (AKA Artemus Ward)
She did not seem to understand the meaning of sarcasm.
"The Angel Adjutant of "Twice Born Men"" by Minnie L. Carpenter
So Arthur withheld the sarcasm that was rising to his lips, and contented himself by declining Mr. Morgan's kind proposal.
"The History of Pendennis" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Mr. Wain's manner changed to a slow and stately sarcasm, in much the same way as a motor-car changes from the top speed to its first.
"Mike" by P. G. Wodehouse
Waves of laughter, scyllas of sarcasm, melancholic whirlpools, Melting in the vast sea of bliss.
"Autobiography of a YOGI" by Paramhansa Yogananda
The young women were frightened at her sarcasm.
"The Newcomes" by William Makepeace Thackeray
And the papers told people with more or less inaccuracy, humour, or sarcasm.
"The Fighting Chance" by Robert W. Chambers
I did this from a desire of avoiding compliments intended as sarcasms, and visits rather of curiosity than friendship.
"Devereux, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
If she was stung, she could utter a sarcasm; but she could not frown or raise her voice.
"Godolphin, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The ladies rallied the recreants, but their playful sarcasms failed of their wonted effect.
"The Voyage of Captain Popanilla" by Benjamin Disraeli
He was gifted with a great command of words, which took the form of endless exposition, varied by sarcasm and passages of ornate jargon.
"Lothair" by Benjamin Disraeli
Their quality underwent the Prince's bitter sarcasm, expressed to Ramorny sometimes by direct words, oftener by bitter gibes.
"The Fair Maid of Perth" by Sir Walter Scott
Sarcasm from the young to the old pained him: flippant behaviour towards himself hurt him.
"The Virginians" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Ibsen's sarcasms are all at the ugliness and prosaic utilitarianism of the Germans; "Moltke," he says, "has killed the poetry of battles.
"Henrik Ibsen" by Edmund Gosse
The girl looked quickly at him to see if there was any sarcasm in the question, but it was evident that the inquiry was made in earnest.
"Colonel Thorndyke's Secret" by G. A. Henty
Cutting sarcasms and lampoons.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book V." by Francois Rabelais
She ignored the implied sarcasm altogether.
"The Last Hope" by Henry Seton Merriman
Use sarcasm with caution, and beware of any seeming of triumph.
"The Making of Arguments" by J. H. Gardiner
The patient sarcasm with which he speaks of certain Oxford youths of his acquaintance does not escape me.
"Shandygaff" by Christopher Morley
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In poetry:

At the School of Arts, a broadsheet lies
Sprayed with the sarcasm of flies:
"The Great Golightly Family
Of Entertainers Here To-night"–
Dated a year and a half ago, But left there, less from carelessness
Than from a wish to seem polite.
"Country Towns" by Kenneth Slessor

In news:

Schilling Wears His Sarcasm On His Shirt.
Suns Sarcasm Sets Kitty to Snickering.
Sean's 'Parent Of The Week' – Please Note My Sarcasm .
Andrew Jackson Jihad's sincere sarcasm .
But to my mind, what really makes the show special is how it embodies the rise of what I think of as sarcasm news.
After failing to stop the debut of ABC's "The Glass House," CBS is trying another tactic against its competitor: sarcasm .
CBS is trying another tactic against its competitor: sarcasm .
LOS ANGELES — After failing to stop the debut of ABC's "The Glass House," CBS is trying another tactic against its competitor: sarcasm .
The sarcasm may be thanks to a 2001 party trend from Vancouver, Canada.
But I suspect sarcasm was intended.
Give the gift of sarcasm this Christmas: "Summary of My Discontent," the book, now available at Carmichael's Bookstore or lulu.com.
He ignored the sarcasm, and I told him what I thought of his clearly-rigged 'poll.
Obama's Sarcasm "Inappropriate" and " Unpresidential ".
You get to hear the sarcasm in Batman 's voice when talking with Superman which is pretty funny.
'The Comedy' takes sarcasm to the extreme .
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In science:

After remarking that the dwarfnova outburst mechanism is not known, the authors say with some sarcasm: “[The] Hameury et al. (1999) conclusion that there are several kinds of such mechanisms is not likely to get anybody into serious trouble”.
The disc instability model of dwarf-novae and low-mass X-ray binary transients
This may sound like sarcasm, but Kempe’s work contained a very fruitful idea which led to the eventual resolution of the problem.
Higher dimensional analogues of the map colouring problem
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