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a comic device, criticism expressed through scathing mockery. Sarcasm is the strongest form of irony. Although a sarcastic statement is formulated in positive terms, its negative meaning is immediately made apparent; other forms of irony preserve and develop the positive formulation, expressing criticism only by subtle implication. Sarcasm is always tendentious, merciless, and satirical; irony, when used for purposes of humor, is gentle and conciliatory. Unlike simple condemnation, sarcasm does not explicitly criticize but forces the reader himself to reassess the object of satire:

Molchalin! Who else can smooth things out so peacefully!
He knows just when to pet a pug,
And when to slip in a card.

(A. S. Griboedov, Woe From Wit)

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But some children take much longer to begin to understand sarcasm, with detection improving even through adolescence.
By gaining insight into whether irony and sarcasm are acceptable argument strategies one may draw inferences as to whether the receivers perceive differences between them.
Everything is good," adds Chahrour, with trademark sarcasm.
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He said he had tried sarcasm on these "insensitive dolts" but the point was never understood.
What is interesting is the scathing sarcasm and criticism he aims at Hisballah, Hamas, Yemeni outlaws and above all, Iran.
When you see the newest punctuation mark for sarcasm, you'll know the writer of that sentence doesn't literally mean what they're writing; they're being sarcastic," the company said in a release.
It is fine when it is far away, but when it is this close, then sarcasm is better.
Summary: Canada based Indian comedian Sugar Sammy left audiences laughing for quite some time after his show in an evening filled with harmless sarcasm and raptures of laughter throughout.
We are sick of shallow MPs who are only interested in lining their pockets out of the taxpayer, and do they realy expect us to swallow this veneer of cynical sarcasm of 'going down market'.
Well, bet you didn't know that the part of the brain responsible for detecting sarcasm is the right parahippocampal gyrus, did you?
I concede that satire ('the use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc') is not necessarily laugh out loud funny.