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sarcasm (n.)

1570s, sarcasmus, from Late Latin sarcasmus, from late Greek sarkasmos "a sneer, jest, taunt, mockery," from sarkazein "to speak bitterly, sneer," literally "to strip off the flesh," from sarx (genitive sarkos) "flesh," properly "piece of meat," traditionally from PIE root *twerk-, *tuerk- "to cut" (source also of Avestan thwares "to cut"), but Beekes is dubious. Current form of the English word is from 1610s. For nuances of usage, see humor (n.).

Origin and meaning of sarcasm

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Definitions of sarcasm from WordNet

sarcasm (n.)
witty language used to convey insults or scorn; "Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own"--Jonathan Swift;
he used sarcasm to upset his opponent
Synonyms: irony / satire / caustic remark
From wordnet.princeton.edu