The difference between sarcasm and mockery is very subtle.
Be extremely careful when using sarcasm.
By definition sarcasm intends harm…it’s hard to be a man of peace when your words cut. Better to pick up a gun than kill a man with words.
Be mindful of the audience, as sarcasm depends more on the interpretation than the presentation (both require precision though).
The laugh gained through sarcasm, at the expense of the damaged done, is typically not worth it.
And it’s probably best to just avoid mockery all together.
“Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the privacy of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded.”
- Fyodor Dostoyevsky
1: a sharp and often satirical or ironic utterance designed to cut or give pain
2a: a mode of satirical wit depending for its effect on bitter, caustic, and often ironic language that is usually directed against and individual
2b: the use of language of sarcasm (this is no time to indulge in sarcasm)