The use of irony to mock or convey contempt: his voice, hardened by sarcasm, could not hide his resentment
More example sentences
- Watch out for scorn, sarcasm, ridicule and contempt and inappropriate humour.
- There are jokes and smatterings of sarcasm and irony in Register stories but these aren't for you.
- We can only presume that the index does not account for such complex concepts as sarcasm and irony.
mid 16th century: 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').