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  • Marked by or given to using irony in order to mock or convey contempt.

    ‘sarcastic comments on their failures’
    • ‘she's witty and sarcastic’
    • ‘How are you supposed to follow the story when you're constantly making sarcastic comments about the hammy acting?’
    • ‘His sarcastic comment brought her out of her reverie like a bucket of cold water.’
    • ‘I tried to think of a nasty sarcastic comment to make him leave me alone, but none came to mind.’
    • ‘Unable to give a sarcastic comment, she settled with glaring at him.’
    • ‘It was going to be weird without her sarcastic comments and worries about her looks.’
    • ‘I put on a smile at the sarcastic comment and turned to see Alex leaning against the wall, itching her neck.’
    • ‘An ironic and sarcastic grin flashed upon her oval face as she announced the name of the horse.’
    • ‘Sarah couldn't help but make the snide and sarcastic remark to him to show her hatred.’
    • ‘While often sarcastic and satirical, Hendrie sounded very serious about this offer.’
    • ‘He'd never called me David before, and there was no mistaking the sarcastic sneer in his voice.’
    • ‘The campaign works hard to adopt a glib and sarcastic voice familiar to many young people.’
    • ‘Sure, it's easy to be sarcastic, especially about politics and the political process.’
    • ‘A burglar who stole presents from a York family has been sent a sarcastic message of thanks for ruining their Christmas.’
    • ‘To make things worse, two sarcastic and sassy FBI agents are also hot on Ford's trail.’
    • ‘It infuses his writing, tempering his cleverness with a good measure of sarcastic honesty.’
    • ‘Nick and I spend most of the waking hours of the day bickering, sniping, and being sarcastic with one another.’
    • ‘So, you see, by allowing my sarcastic venting, you're saving my relationship.’
    • ‘When people are sarcastic or rude, it just says that that's how they feel about themselves.’
    • ‘I was tired of holding a grudge that was only causing me to be bitter and sarcastic.’
    • ‘Her voice has an amused tone, and I know she's trying to be sarcastic and make me feel bad.’
    sardonic, ironic, ironical, satirical
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/särˈkastik/ /sɑrˈkæstɪk/


Late 17th century from French sarcastique, from sarcasme (see sarcasm), on the pattern of pairs such as enthousiasme, enthousiastique.