Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit

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Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit.

something that you say which means that using sarcasm (= saying the opposite of what you mean to make a joke) is unpleasant and is not a very clever thing to do 'We're so grateful to you for arriving only 20 minutes late!' 'Oh really, Matthew, don't you know sarcasm is the lowest form of wit?'
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References in classic literature ?
Seth, lad," said Adam, taking no notice of the sarcasm against himself, "thee mustna take me unkind.
She didn't," he continued with polite sarcasm, "enlarge upon the facts.
To fling elaborate sarcasms at Tess, however, was much like flinging them at a dog or cat.
His sarcasm is accepted as his literal opinion and gains for him the reputation of being an ass, while if, on the other hand, wishing to ingratiate himself, he ventures upon a little bit of flattery, it is taken for satire and he is hated ever afterward.
There was a faint touch of sarcasm in the reference to her son, and Archer knew it and had expected it.
With this shaft of sarcasm he retired, and almost immediately the sun sank.
He never said a clever thing, but he had a vein of brutal sarcasm which was not ineffective, and he always said exactly what he thought.
He wondered whether there was sarcasm behind the boy's reply, but he was still much too shaken.
You have found a very appropriate expression," said Lebedeff, politely, but with sarcasm.
On the contrary, the deviations made from his theory were, in his opinion, the sole cause of the whole disaster, and with characteristically gleeful sarcasm he would remark, "There, I said the whole affair would go to the devil
I read "English Bards and Scotch Reviewers," and I liked its vulgar music and its heavy-handed sarcasm.
Now and again he would mutter, 'Ay, well, I'll be going to vote - little did I think the day would come,' and so on, but if he rose it was only to sit down again, and at last she crossed over to him and said softly, (no sarcasm in her voice now),
What the cause of the quarrel was, or what sharp sarcasm from the woman's lips pricked suddenly through that thick skin may never be known, but suddenly the man took his pipe in his left hand, leaned forward, and deliberately struck her across the face with his right.
Oh yes," sighed Anne, blissfully unconscious of any sarcasm on Marilla's part.
I notice he's got ever so much handsomer since his father came home," said Dan, with a killing sarcasm that was wholly lost on Felicity, who gravely responded that she supposed it was because Peter felt so much freer from care and responsibility.