Phrases with "sarcasm"

The opposition newspapers, suppressed one day and reappearing next morning under new names, heaped bitter sarcasm on the new regime. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Rudyard Kipling Think of my consolations!” “Have you so many, then, McIntosh?” “Certainly; your attempts at sarcasm which is essentially the weapon of a cultured man, are crude. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Arnold Bennett The official’s glance showed some suspicion of sarcasm and a tendency to resent it. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

H. G. Wells Now and then there was a touch of sarcasm in his voice. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

They say these big chain-stores have chaps with special powers of sarcasm and abuse who are sent from branch to branch to ginger the girls up. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

George Meredith It would have been to have strained his meaning, for purposes of sarcasm upon him, if one had taken him to boast of a personal exemption from our common weakness. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Virginia Woolf Instead of returning her silent greeting, William grinned back at her a cold stare of sarcasm or of rage. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

If needed, however, he could unleash a wealth of sarcasm that would make everyone in the court smile. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Anthony Trollope There was a sarcasm in the ‘now’ which determined Bagwax to start without a word of reply. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Maria Edgeworth In the heat of attack, and in her eagerness to carry her point against the Annalys, the young lady, according to custom, proceeded from sarcasm to scandal. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

Nathaniel Hawthorne Then, with a nervous shudder, she seemed to arouse her energies, and threw some bright and playful yet half-wicked sarcasm into the conversation. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

E. F. Benson In the course of their married life, there had been occasional squalls, and she had tried sarcasm and vituperation with but small success. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

George Gissing Intimates of the household said that the provocation was great—that Mrs. Lessingham’s gift of sarcasm had that morning displayed itself much too brilliantly. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Wilkie Collins There was not the smallest inflection of sarcasm in his voice, not the slightest look of sarcasm in his eye, while he spoke. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Anthony Trollope There was a gentle play about his mouth which declared that his wit never descended to sarcasm and that there was no ill-nature in his repartee. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Then, after the meeting at Millbank, there had come a coldness so icy, a sarcasm so cutting, that for a long time she had thought he hated as much as he despised her. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Anthony Trollope And now there was a taint of sarcasm in his voice as he asked as to Harry’s return to the chambers in the Adeiphi. “I can hardly quite say as yet,” said Harry, still pleading his illness. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling I am told so with oaths and curses and that sort of sarcasm (I recognise it now) which I used to launch at the heads of junior forms. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

I remember a poem of his written in the style of ‘The House that Jack built,’ the biting sarcasm of which, the ironical finesse — is beyond anything I have ever read. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Amongst our visitors were Señor Canedo, who is extremely agreeable in conversation, and as an orator famed for his sarcasm and cutting wit. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Thomas Hardy However, sarcasm or none, there was the answer, and he had to be content. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Charles Dickens At the same time, the thin straight lines of the setting of the eyes, and the thin straight lips, and the markings in the nose, curved with a sarcasm that looked handsomely diabolic. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

The lorry driver decided that sarcasm was wasted on so literal a mind. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

A sarcasm from her eyes or lips puts strength into every nerve and sinew I have. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

There is no epithet in the vocabulary of slight and sarcasm that can reach my personal sensibilities in such a controversy. The Contagiousness of Puerperal Fever by Oliver Wendell Holmes

I think he spoke in relief, a joyous relief, that was less acceptable to me at that moment than the sarcasm would have been. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

Anthony Trollope When first she had mingled something of sarcasm in her congratulations, though it had annoyed him, it had hardly made him unhappy. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Henry Kingsley And now, also, I read the speech he made on his resignation, which, for biting sarcasm and bitter truth rudely told, is unequalled by any speech I ever read. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

George Meredith Each saw the other’s faults with a sly wink to the world, and an occasional interchange of sarcasm that was tonic, very strengthening to the wits without endangering the habit of affection. The House on the Beach by George Meredith [1877]

Algernon Blackwood Strange! Both in word and gesture some faintest hint of sarcasm or resentment forced itself against my conscious will. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Virginia Woolf Never, even at the emotional age of fifteen, did she round upon herself in shame, obliterate a sarcasm in a spasm of compassion, or blur an outline in a mist of rhapsody. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Marie Corelli Abbe Vergniaud had flung many a pebble of sarcasm at the half-sinking faith of some of his hearers with the result that he had sunk it altogether. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

George Gissing Oh, is it worth while to waste our sarcasm on each other: You can say nothing that I care to hear. Sleeping Fires by George Gissing [1896]

His words, however, were dry as sarcasm could make them. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

For what are men but fools where women of such enchantment are concerned! He groaned, perhaps at the secret sarcasm hidden in my tone, and sat down unbidden at the table where I was writing. The Old Stone House and other stories by Anna Katharine Green

He could not find sufficient sarcasm to express his scorn of governments which, in civilised countries, allowed the development of weaklings, cripples and invalids. Honore de Balzac by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet [1914]

Anthony Trollope He probably goes alone to the theatre, and, in his stall, speculates with a somewhat bitter sarcasm on the vanity of the world. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Benjamin Disraeli You will infallibly gather laurels if you add to these the spear of sarcasm and the shield of nonchalance. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Anthony Trollope And the mother herself, in speaking as she had spoken, had, perhaps unintentionally, indulged in a sarcasm on life which the daughter certainly had not been intended to understand. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Anna Katherine Green On the contrary, his answer was almost mild, though tinged for the first time with a touch of that biting sarcasm for which he had once been famous. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Anthony Trollope He was generally quiescent in his moods, and apt to express his anger in sarcasm rather than in outspoken language; but now he was so much moved that he was unable not to give vent to his feelings. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Edgar Allan Poe To these the Baron replied at length (still maintaining his exaggerated tone of sentiment) and concluding, in what I thought very bad taste, with a sarcasm and a sneer. Tales of Illusion by Edgar Allan Poe

But she soon checked her sarcasm on this point; she would even fire up if any one else made uncomplimentary allusion thereto. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

As to me I had a rapid vision of Dominic’s astonishment, awe, and sarcasm which was always as tolerant as it is possible for sarcasm to be. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Anthony Trollope No idea of Nina’s poverty had crossed Rebecca’s mind, but Nina herself could not but remember it when she felt the sarcasm implied in her visitor’s self-humiliation. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

Casting a somewhat ireful glance at ‘Noah o’ Tim’s,’ he launched out in his turn; and now he spoke in a serious tone, relinquishing the sarcasm which he found had not answered. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Jim dined alone that night, though it would be almost a sarcasm to dignify his meal with such a name. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

E. F. Benson There was no frenzy, there was no sarcasm even when Benjy doubled his adversaries out or when Elizabeth forgot he always played the club convention, and thought he had some. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

Guy de Maupassant Then he replied, with that air of sarcasm which hardly ever left his lips: “Ah! I’m beginning to think that we shall get along very well together, after all!” The curé started toward the lodge. The Olive Grove (Le Champ d'Oliviers) by Guy de Maupassant [1890]

Arthur Conan Doyle The young man had dropped the air of sarcasm which he found was most effective with the clerks, and had resumed his natural manner, which was harsh and brusque. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

But the attempted sarcasm failed. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

But Fyne was as impervious to sarcasm as a turtle. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Thomas Hardy Beyond the negative, there was just a possibility of sarcasm in it — ‘nice long speeches on mangold-wurzel’ had a suspicious sound. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

I’ve discovered in her a ‘Madame de Lery,’ with some sarcasm and animation. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

I thought that, as a small boy of my acquaintance says, I was “doing a sarcasm,” and regarded it as a rather wild sort of sarcasm at that. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

I was not proof against the civil sarcasm of the chairman’s manner. The Four-Fifteen Express by Amelia B. Edwards

Arnold Bennett Her sarcasm wounded his vanity. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

He possessed an inimitable irony and a power of sarcasm which could scorch like lightning, but the latter is almost invariably directed against what is base and hateful. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Benjamin Disraeli He was gifted with a great command of words, which took the form of endless exposition, varied by sarcasm and passages of ornate jargon. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

She restrained herself, however; and the “plain man” passed in his appalling versatility from sarcasm to veiled menace. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Anthony Trollope This gentleman — and we say it in all sincerity and with no touch of sarcasm — had never looked on the matter in this light before. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy His form beside her light gray figure looked black, sinister, and forbidding, and she felt as sarcasm the touch of the jewels of which she had been momentarily so proud. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy