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sarcastic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj sarcastic expressing or expressive of ridicule that wounds
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: "Big cheese" and "big wheel" are Medieval terms of envious respect for those who could afford to buy whole wheels of cheese at a time, an expense few could enjoy. Both these terms are often used sarcastically today.
    • a Sarcastic Expressing, or expressed by, sarcasm; characterized by, or of the nature of, sarcasm; given to the use of sarcasm; bitterly satirical; scornfully severe; taunting. "What a fierce and sarcastic reprehension would this have drawn from the friendship of the world!"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sarcastic Characterized by sarcasm; bitterly cutting; scornfully severe; taunting.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Sarcastic containing sarcasm: bitterly satirical
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Quotations

  • Jean Baudrillard
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    “There is nothing funny about Halloween. This sarcastic festival reflects, rather, an infernal demand for revenge by children on the adult world.”
  • John Erskine
    John Erskine
    “Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing.”

Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

He was laughing with Hermippus, the comic writer, whose shrewd, sarcastic and mischievous face was expressive of his calling.
"Philothea" by Lydia Maria Child
His eye gleamed sarcastically as he sauntered toward the companion-way.
"The Mystery" by Stewart Edward White and Samuel Hopkins Adams
Buckheath stood gazing at her sarcastically.
"The Power and the Glory" by Grace MacGowan Cooke
At any other time, Furneaux would have waxed sarcastic.
"The Postmaster's Daughter" by Louis Tracy
Her tongue was sharper than her needle, and her pickles were not more piquant than her sarcastic wit.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 1, Issue 2, December, 1857" by Various
If his language was sarcastic, his affections were kind.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume I" by John Lord
A ring of sarcastic apology provided the only clue she got to the import of Victor's words.
"Red Masquerade" by Louis Joseph Vance
HORACE: Madeline, you don't want to let this sarcastic habit grow on you.
"Plays" by Susan Glaspell
In the public debates he was cool, sarcastic, and contemptuous.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume X" by John Lord
Webster rarely lost his temper, but he could be terribly sarcastic, harsh, and even fierce.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume XII" by John Lord
A sarcastic smile curled his lips.
"The Reign of Greed" by Jose Rizal
Some of the sophs actually looked scared, but Browning kept up a continual fire of sarcastic remarks.
"Frank Merriwell at Yale" by Burt L. Standish
The country people, who seldom want for sarcastic shrewdness, call it 'Rag Hall!
"Wanderings in Wessex" by Edric Holmes
Too sarcastic, thinking he's funny all the time; uncouth, too.
"The Wrong Twin" by Harry Leon Wilson
Those sarcastic, mischievous eyes had upset all his train of thought.
"The Torrent" by Vicente Blasco Ibañez
Don't be sarcastic, my boy.
"The Bicyclers and Three Other Farces" by John Kendrick Bangs
Grizel sarcastically offered her assistance, and he took her shoulder gratefully.
"Tommy and Grizel" by J.M. Barrie
It was firm with purpose now, even a bit sarcastic.
"Love Under Fire" by Randall Parrish
He was sarcastic, satiric, and very strong.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 100. March 7, 1891." by Various
A reckless life kept him in perpetual poverty, and a bitter and sarcastic tongue lost him friends and patrons.
"A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature" by John W. Cousin
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In poetry:

An ancient terra-cotta Faun,
A laughing note in 'mid the green,
Grins at us from the central lawn,
With secret and sarcastic mien.
"Le Faune" by Paul Verlaine
In his right hand an ample reed they plac'd,
And with feign'd homage the procession grac'd,
Mocking Him with sarcastical abuse,
And crying, "Hail thou sov'reign of the Jews."
"The Life And Death Of Christ" by Rees Prichard
What care I though the dust is spread
Around these yellow leaves,
Or o’er them his sarcastic thread
Oblivion’s insect weaves
Though weeds are tangled on the stream,
It still reflects my morning’s beam.
"The Last Reader" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Then Brown he smiled a bitter smile, and said he was at fault,
It seemed he had been trespassing on Jones's family vault;
He was a most sarcastic man, this quiet Mr. Brown,
And on several occasions he had cleaned out the town.
"The Society Upon The Stanislaus" by Francis Bret Harte
I sez, sarcastic, that I 'ave no doubt
Some wives might think termarters an' seed cake
Was 'andy sorts uv things to 'ave about
To stop toothache.
But wot I liked in wives, once in a while,
Was commin-sense. (An' 'ere, I seen 'er smile).
"Termarter Sorce" by C J Dennis
He's hardly spoken since that day – not more than "Yes" or "No".
We miss his voice a good bit, too; the town seems rather slow.
He was called "The Silent Member" just sarcastic, I'll allow;
But since that agent handled him it sort o' fits him now.
"The Silent Member" by C J Dennis

In news:

Big Bird the focus in sarcastic new Obama ad.
15 sarcastic Amazon reviews that will make you laugh.
The gallery below features 15 of the funniest, weirdest, most sarcastic reviews you'll find on Amazon.
'SNL' skewers whiny tech geeks with 'traditional sarcastic dance'.
Roy Schmidt's nephew: 'Dirty' uncle text message was sarcastic, not literal.
Brian Williams's 'Rock Center,' assured, brisk and a tad sarcastic .
Bring On the Sarcastic Applause.
Asks sarcastically why not polygamy.
This is not a stunt, gag, joke, or sarcastic social commentary.
Billy Joel rattles reporters with sarcastic responses to questions about.
Sarcastic but sympathetic, ' Babbitt ' is premier middle-class novel.
Angie's Leg, Sarcastic Rover, and Romney's Binders.
' Damned ' review: Pure Palahniuk: dispatches from smart, sarcastic, rich kid in hell.
For weeks, we've all sarcastically thrown out the idea of putting Alabama up against one of the NFL's worst just to see what would happen.
The sketch parodies the Times review, which made headlines last week for its sarcastic questions about the food and service at Guy 's American Kitchen and Bar.
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In science:

Why did Rohrlich’s 2003 report on my paper contain no mention of Spohn’s 2000 “solution” (as claimed by Rohrlich, not by Spohn) of the “preacceleration problem”? Why did it give no hint that he considered the DD equation “no longer of physical interest”? This question is not presented in a sarcastic or derisive way.
Comment on Phys. Rev. D 60 084017 "Classical self-force" by F. Rohrlich
Doran’s sarcastic comments (after numerous libations) at the Banff Summer School 1995 (wil l the paral lel transport of a vector around a closed loop turn it into a bottle of port?) goaded me into coming up with a simple example to prove my case.
Polydimensional Relativity, a Classical Generalization of the Automorphism Invariance Principle
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