Meaning of Sarcasm

“Sarcasm” means a bitter taunt, which is generally expressed through spoken words.

The word ‘sarcasm’ comes from Greek ‘sarkasmo’, which literally means “to tear flesh, bite the lip in rage and sneer”.

Sarcasm is used in context of taunting or to humiliate the front person without letting them know. It can be expressed in an expressive way in order to actually show dislike or “not interested” type of feeling. The words expressed are sharp, bitter, not wanting to hear, cutting or remarked as of no interest, a bitter gibe or taunt. It’s not always necessary to express the term ironically, as the word may employ ambivalence. The distinct remark of sarcasm is expressed via words, which shows or represents a disgusting expression. The sarcastic content of any statement will depend on any respective situation or content. 

In a conversation, if sarcasm is to be expressed then often the words are spoken in opposite meaning to which of actually the conversation is taking place. For example: if the listener wants to say intentionally in order to insult someone, to show irritation, or to be funny.

So, the sarcasm if often can be considered to be intentional or specific to show dislike or unhappy expressions.

According to

Sarcasm (noun) is meant as:

  • harsh or bitter derision or irony.
  • a sharply ironical taunt; sneering or cutting remark:
  • For example: "a review full of sarcasms."


banter, bitterness, contempt, cynicism, derision, irony, mockery, rancor, ridicule, satire, scorn

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