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sarcasm

Line breaks: sar|casm
Pronunciation: /ˈsɑːkaz(ə)m
 
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Definition of sarcasm in English:

noun

[mass noun]
The use of irony to mock or convey contempt: she didn’t like the note of sarcasm in his voice
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.
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Origin

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').

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