sarcasm


sarcasm
sarcasm 1570s, from L.L. sarcasmos, from Gk. sarkasmos "a sneer, jest, taunt, mockery," from sarkazein "to speak bitterly, sneer," lit. "to strip off the flesh," from sarx (gen. sarkos) "flesh," prop. "piece of meat," from PIE root *twerk- "to cut" (Cf. Avestan thwares "to cut"). Sarcastic is from 1690s. For nuances of usage, see HUMOR (Cf. humor).

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  • Sarcasm — Sar casm, n. [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.] A keen, reproachful expression; a satirical remark uttered with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • sarcasm — ► NOUN ▪ the use of irony to mock or convey contempt. ORIGIN Greek sarkasmos, from sarkazein tear flesh , later gnash the teeth, speak bitterly …   English terms dictionary

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