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Backhanded vs. Sarcasm — What's the Difference?

Backhanded vs. Sarcasm — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Backhanded and Sarcasm

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Backhanded

(Sports) Made with or using a backhand
A backhanded shot into the opponent's court.

Sarcasm

Sarcasm is the use of words usually used to either mock or annoy someone, or for humorous purposes. Sarcasm may employ ambivalence, although it is not necessarily ironic.

Backhanded

Oblique or roundabout
"Maybe [avant-garde novels'] frustrating lack of plot is a backhanded tribute to plots" (Harvey Cox).

Sarcasm

A cutting, often ironic remark intended to express contempt or ridicule.

Backhanded

Having derogatory or insulting implications
"Everyone...said how wonderful, how glamorous she looked, but even that was a sort of backhanded compliment, with the unspoken addendum, for your age" (Freda Warrington).
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Sarcasm

A form of wit characterized by the use of such remarks
Detected a hint of sarcasm in his voice.

Backhanded

With the back of the hand.

Sarcasm

(uncountable) Use of acerbic language to mock or convey contempt, often using irony and (in speech) often marked by overemphasis and a sneering tone of voice.

Backhanded

Involving a backward flip of the hand.

Sarcasm

(countable) An act of sarcasm.

Backhanded

Insincere, sarcastic, ironic, or self-contradictory.

Sarcasm

A keen, reproachful expression; a satirical remark uttered with some degree of scorn or contempt; a taunt; a gibe; a cutting jest.
The sarcasms of those critics who imagine our art to be a matter of inspiration.

Backhanded

Indirect.

Sarcasm

Witty language used to convey insults or scorn;
He used sarcasm to upset his opponent
Irony is wasted on the stupid
Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own

Backhanded

Backwards, turned around.

Backhanded

(of writing) inclining to the left

Backhanded

Retrospective, occurring after the fact rather than in advance.

Backhanded

Self-serving, corrupt, slipshod, or neglectful.

Backhanded

Simple past tense and past participle of backhand

Backhanded

In a backhanded manner.

Backhanded

With the hand turned backward; as, a backhanded blow.

Backhanded

Indirect; awkward; insincere; sarcastic; as, a backhanded compliment.

Backhanded

Turned back, or inclining to the left; as, backhanded letters.

Backhanded

Stroked with a backhand{2}; as, a backhanded drive.

Backhanded

(of racket strokes) made across the body with back of hand facing direction of stroke

Backhanded

Roundabout or ambiguous;
Attacks from tht source amounted to a backhanded compliment to his integrity
A backhanded and dishonest way of reaching his goal

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