Sarcasm and Satire are often used interchangeably. However, there are underlying differences between the two. While sarcasm is vindictive and nasty in nature used as a sneer; satire is a kind of literature and art used to depict the failings and limitations of a society and at times of individuals. Satire as a genre has been around since ancient times. Sarcasm would also perhaps been innate in individuals for times immemorial. Let’s look at some of the differences between the two.
Satire in writings or plays exposed the shortcomings. It is a good criticism in varying degrees; with the sole intention of jolting those concerned from slumber to correct what is wrong. The disapproval is depicted for realization to sink in. Sarcasm however is insult veiled in the form of praise obviously never meant as one.