Definitions for satireˈsæt aɪər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sat•ire*ˈsæt aɪər(n.)

  1. the use of irony, sarcasm, or ridicule in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc.

  2. a literary composition or genre in which human folly and vice are held up to scorn, derision, or ridicule.

    Category: Literature

* Syn: See irony1.

Origin of satire:

1500–10; < L satira, var. of satura medley, perh. fem. der. of satur sated (see saturate )

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sarcasm, irony, satire, caustic remark(noun)

    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"--Jonathan Swift

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. satire(noun)ˈsæt aɪər

    exaggeration of the silly qualities of sth to show it has flaws

    the use of satire in the film

  2. satireˈsæt aɪər

    a book, film, etc. that uses satire

    The book is a hilarious satire.


  1. satire(Noun)

    A literary technique of writing or art which principally ridicules its subject often as an intended means of provoking or preventing change. Humour is often used to aid this.

  2. satire(Noun)

    A satirical work.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Satire(adj)

    a composition, generally poetical, holding up vice or folly to reprobation; a keen or severe exposure of what in public or private morals deserves rebuke; an invective poem; as, the Satires of Juvenal

  2. Satire(adj)

    keeness and severity of remark; caustic exposure to reprobation; trenchant wit; sarcasm


  1. Satire

    Satire is a genre of literature, and sometimes graphic and performing arts, in which vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, and society itself, into improvement. Although satire is usually meant to be funny, its greater purpose is often constructive social criticism, using wit as a weapon. A common feature of satire is strong irony or sarcasm—"in satire, irony is militant"—but parody, burlesque, exaggeration, juxtaposition, comparison, analogy, and double entendre are all frequently used in satirical speech and writing. This "militant" irony or sarcasm often professes to approve of the very things the satirist wishes to attack. Satire is nowadays found in many artistic forms of expression, including literature, plays, commentary, and media such as lyrics.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Satire

    a species of poetry or prose writing in which the vice or folly of the times is held up to ridicule, a species in which Horace and Juvenal excelled among the Romans, and Dryden, Pope, and Swift among us.

Anagrams of satire

  1. striae

  2. terais

Translations for satire

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(a piece of) writing etc that makes someone look foolish

a satire on university life.

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