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sar·cas·tic  audio  (sär-kstk) KEY 

ADJECTIVE:
  1. Expressing or marked by sarcasm.
  2. Given to using sarcasm.

ETYMOLOGY:
sarc(asm) + -astic as in enthusiastic

OTHER FORMS:
sar·casti·cal·ly(Adverb)

SYNONYMS:
sarcastic, ironic, caustic, satirical, sardonic

These adjectives mean having or marked by a feeling of bitterness and a biting or cutting quality. Sarcastic suggests sharp taunting and ridicule that wounds: "a deserved reputation for sarcastic, acerbic and uninhibited polemics" (Burke Marshall). Ironic implies a subtler form of mockery in which an intended meaning is conveyed obliquely: "a man of eccentric charm, ironic humor, andabove allprofound literary genius" (Jonathan Kirsch). Caustic means corrosive and bitingly trenchant: "The caustic jokes ... deal with such diverse matters as political assassination, talk-show hosts, medical ethics" (Frank Rich). Satirical implies exposure, especially of vice or folly, to ridicule: "on the surface a satirical look at commercial radio, but also a study of the misuse of telecommunications" (Richard Harrington). Sardonic is associated with scorn, derision, mockery, and often cynicism: "He was proud, sardonic, harsh to inferiority of every description" (Charlotte Brontë).


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