What does satirical mean?

Definitions for satirical
səˈtɪr ɪ kəlsatir·i·cal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. satirical, satiricadjective

    exposing human folly to ridicule

    "a persistent campaign of mockery by the satirical fortnightly magazine"


  1. satiricaladjective

    of, pertaining to or connected with satire

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Satirical, Satirickadjective

    Etymology: satiricus, Latin; satirique, French; from satire.

    You must not think, that a satyrick style
    Allows of scandalous and brutish words. Wentworth Dillon.

    What human kind desires, and what they shun,
    Rage, passions, pleasures, impotence of will,
    Shall this satirical collection fill. John Dryden, Juvenal.

    Slanders, sir; for the satirical slave says here, that old men have grey beards; that their faces are wrinkled. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    He that hath a satirical vein, as he maketh others afraid of his wit, so he had need be afraid of others memory. Francis Bacon.

    On me when dunces are satirick,
    I take it for a panegyrick. Jonathan Swift.


  1. satirical

    Satire is a genre of the visual, literary, and performing arts, usually in the form of fiction and less frequently non-fiction, in which vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, often with the intent of shaming or exposing the perceived flaws of individuals, corporations, government, or society itself into improvement. Although satire is usually meant to be humorous, its greater purpose is often constructive social criticism, using wit to draw attention to both particular and wider issues in society. A feature of satire is strong irony or sarcasm —"in satire, irony is militant", according to literary critic Northrop Frye— 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 (or at least accept as natural) the very things the satirist wishes to question. Satire is found in many artistic forms of expression, including internet memes, literature, plays, commentary, music, film and television shows, and media such as lyrics.


  1. satirical

    Satirical refers to the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose, criticize or mock a person's or society's vices, folliness, shortcomings or stupidity, often in the context of contemporary politics, societal issues and other topical events. It is a literary genre or method used to provoke thought, spur dialogue, or drive change.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Satiricaladjective

    of or pertaining to satire; of the nature of satire; as, a satiric style

  2. Satiricaladjective

    censorious; severe in language; sarcastic; insulting

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of satirical in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of satirical in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of satirical in a Sentence

  1. Rolling Stone:

    Either you're being really satirical, or you're going to a real dark place here.

  2. Salman Rushdie:

    The French satirical tradition has always been very pointed and very harsh, and still is, you know, the thing that I really resent is the way in which these, our dead comrades ... who died using the same implement that I use, which is a pen or pencil, have been almost immediately vilified and called racists and I don't know what else.

  3. Molly Norris:

    I didn't mean for my satirical poster to be taken seriously, it became kind of an excuse for people to hate or be mean-spirited. I'm not mean-spirited.

  4. President Obama:

    We can not have a society in which some dictator some place can start imposing censorship in the United States, because if somebody is able to intimidate us out of releasing a satirical movie, imagine what they start doing once they see a documentary that they don’t like or news reports that they don’t like, that’s now who we are. That’s not what America is about.

  5. Seth Dillon:

    We were doing a satirical take on USA Today recently naming Rachel Levine, a transgender individual, as one of their picks for women of the year. So we did a satirical take on this, and we named Rachel Levine as our man of the year, twitter didn’t like that very much.

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