Jocular vs Sarcasm - What's the difference?

jocular | sarcasm |


As an adjective jocular

is (formal) humorous]], amusing or [[joke|joking.

As a noun sarcasm is

(uncountable) a sharp form of humor, intended to hurt, that is marked by mocking with irony, sometimes conveyed in speech with vocal over-emphasis insincerely saying something which is the opposite of one's intended meaning, often to emphasize how unbelievable or unlikely it sounds if taken literally, thereby illustrating the obvious nature of one's intended meaning.

jocular

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • (formal) Humorous]], amusing or [[joke, joking.
  • He was in a jocular mood all day.
    All we had was a short and jocular conversation.
  • * 1865 , , chapter IV:
  • From the tone of the speaker, the last words might be understood to be jocular .
  • * 1896 , , chapter 15:
  • Sometimes he would notice it, pat it, call it half-mocking, half-jocular names, and so make it caper with extraordinary delight.
  • * 1910 , :
  • Then papa began to get very tired of Jones, and fidgeted and finally said, with jocular irony, that Jones had better stay all night, they could give him a shake-down.

    Synonyms

    * (humorous) dismissive, jokey, unemotional, silly; see also

    Antonyms

    * (humorous) heartfelt, serious, sincere

    Derived terms

    * jocularly * jocularity * jocularness

    sarcasm

    English

    Noun

  • (uncountable) A sharp form of humor, intended to hurt, that is marked by mocking with irony, sometimes conveyed in speech with vocal over-emphasis. Insincerely saying something which is the opposite of one's intended meaning, often to emphasize how unbelievable or unlikely it sounds if taken literally, thereby illustrating the obvious nature of one's intended meaning.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=5 , passage=Although the Celebrity was almost impervious to sarcasm , he was now beginning to exhibit visible signs of uneasiness, the consciousness dawning upon him that his eccentricity was not receiving the ovation it merited.}}
  • (countable) An act of sarcasm.
  • Synonyms

    * (uncountable) derision, facetiousness, irony, ridicule, satire * (countable) taunt, gibe

    Derived terms

    * sarcastic