For instance, if someone says to you, "I like cake," and you reply, "I like to take care of my body," your response is a passive-aggressive way of implying that they don't like to take care of their body because they eat cake.

I'm looking for an adjective to describe this type of response, something akin to passive-aggressive but more specific to the situation.


Haughty (“Conveying in demeanour the assumption of superiority; disdainful, supercilious”) and supercilious (“Arrogantly superior; showing contemptuous indifference; haughty”) seem relevant, along with some of the other terms in those definitions (eg arrogant, disdainful, and contemptuous) along with related words or phrases like holier-than-thou, sanctimonious, hoity-toity, and stuck up.

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    All appropriate - and let's add "rude"! – Kristina Lopez Sep 10 '13 at 17:47
  • This helped me think of one that is as close as I can find: definition 1b of sententious. – YPCrumble Sep 10 '13 at 21:53

Perhaps snarky

said in a way that is intended to make someone feel stupid or bad

  • You could call I like to take care of my body a snark. – ghoppe Sep 10 '13 at 21:18

Synonyms of http://thesaurus.com/browse/critical:

disparaging, belittling, biting, censorious, condemning, cutting, saracastic, scolding seem to be especially on point.

  • Can you add a def for saracastic? – James Waldby - jwpat7 Sep 10 '13 at 19:46
  • 'Censorious' is particularly good here as it picks up the indirectness of the rebuke. – EleventhDoctor Sep 11 '13 at 15:21

caustic ("a caustic remark criticizes someone in a way that is unkind but often cleverly humorous")

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