What does satire mean?

Definitions for satireˈsæt aɪər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word satire.

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


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Satire

    sat′īr, or sat′ir, n. a literary composition, orig. in verse, essentially a criticism of man and his works, whom it holds up either to ridicule or scorn—its chief instruments, irony, sarcasm, invective, wit and humour: an invective poem: severity of remark, denunciation: ridicule.—adjs. Satir′ic, -al, pertaining to, or conveying, satire: sarcastic: abusive.—adv. Satir′ically.—n. Satir′icalness, the state or quality of being satirical.—v.t. Sat′irīse, to make the object of satire: to censure severely.—n. Sat′irist, a writer of satire. [Fr.,—L. satira, satura (lanx, a dish), a full dish, a medley.]

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. satire

    Comedy or humor

    The weekly magazine focused on political satire.

Anagrams for satire »

  1. striae

  2. terais


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of satire in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of satire in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Leo C. Rosten:

    Satire is focused bitterness.

  2. Art Buchwald:

    You can't make up anything anymore. The world itself is a satire. All you're doing is recording it.

  3. Christian Bale:

    When I read the book, I was laughing straight away. I ’d no idea people saw it as anything other than satire.

  4. David Bullock:

    I think it’s despicable, i think it’s sickening. It’s a sad satire of spirituality. There’s no place for it in Detroit.

  5. Jeanne-Marie Roland:

    A fondness for satire indicates a mind pleased with irritating others for myself, I never could find amusement in killing flies.

Images & Illustrations of satire

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