What does satire mean?

Definitions for satire
ˈsæt aɪərsatire

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sarcasm, irony, satire, caustic remarknoun

    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. satirenoun

    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. satirenoun

    A satirical work.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SATIREnoun

    A poem in which wickedness or folly is censured. Proper satire is distinguished, by the generality of the reflections, from a lampoon which is aimed against a particular person; but they are too frequently confounded.

    Etymology: satira, anciently satura, Lat. not from satyrus, a satyr; satire, Fr.

    He dares to sing thy praises in a clime
    Where vice triumphs, and virtue is a crime;
    Where ev’n to draw the picture of thy mind,
    Is satyr on the most of human kind. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Satireadjective

    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. Satireadjective

    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.

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  1. striae

  2. terais

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  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

Examples of satire in a Sentence

  1. Norman Siegel:

    SantaCon is a cultural public commentary on the Christmas season, from a critique of consumerism to cultural and charitable giving, it's part satire and has an edge.

  2. Baron Cohen:

    At no time did I endorse training toddlers in handling guns. Nor was the idea even presented to me directly. If it had been, I would have rejected it, i love good satire, but good satire must reveal some basis in truth. This was fraud, a sick fraud at that, and its intention was to deceive the American people for political purposes.

  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. Postreported Volitich:

    None of the statements released about my being a white nationalist or white supremacist have any truth to them, nor are my political beliefs injected into my teaching of social studies curriculum, while operating under the Russian pseudonym ‘Tiana Dalichov’ on social media and the Unapologetic Podcast, I employed political satire and exaggeration, mainly to the end of attracting listeners and followers, and generating conversation about the content discussed between myself and my guests.

  5. Armando Bo:

    It's one of these cases where the truth is stranger than fiction so I was kind of forced to make it comedy, satire.

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