m) KEY NOUN:
- A cutting, often ironic remark intended to wound.
- A form of wit that is marked by the use of sarcastic language and is intended to make its victim the butt of contempt or ridicule.
- The use of sarcasm. See Synonyms at wit1.
Late Latin sarcasmus
, from Greek sarkasmos
, from sarkazein
, to bite the lips in rage
, from sarx, sark-