Sarcastic humor mocks or ridicules, usually by saying the opposite of what is actually meant. The talent-show judge who rolls his eyes at your dancing, smirks, and says, "You ought to be on Broadway" is a sarcastic person.

Sarcastic comes from the Greek word sarkazhein, which literally means "tear the flesh." Maybe that's why we also refer to our talent-show judge's remark as "cutting." When someone's being sarcastic, sometimes it's the tone, facial expression, or body language that let you know — like when our talent-show judge says exaggeratedly, "Great job! I almost confused you for Pavarotti," as he gives you a thumbs-down.

Definitions of sarcastic
  1. adjective
    expressing or expressive of ridicule that wounds
    marked by a tendency to find and call attention to errors and flaws
    exhibiting lack of respect; rude and discourteous
    barbed, biting, mordacious, nipping, pungent
    capable of wounding
    black, grim, mordant
    harshly ironic or sinister
    spitefully sarcastic
    disdainfully or ironically humorous; scornful and mocking
    satiric, satirical
    exposing human folly to ridicule
    bitter or scornful
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    not sarcastic
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