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satirical Line breaks: sa¦tir|ic¦al
Pronunciation: /səˈtɪrɪk(ə)l/

Definition of satirical in English:


1Containing or using satire: a New York-based satirical magazine
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  • I occasionally write for a satirical youth magazine based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
  • His first job was for a satirical magazine in Tokyo.
  • Two of these cartoons, from the pages of the satirical London magazine Punch, are reproduced here.
1.1Sarcastic, critical, and mocking another’s weaknesses: his satirical sense of humour
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  • At times of extreme national, local and individual trauma, when is it acceptable to be cynical, critical or satirical again?
  • While often sarcastic and satirical, Hendrie sounded very serious about this offer.
  • They soon acquired a satirical and disrespectful tone which made the authorities uneasy.
mocking, ironic, ironical, satiric, sarcastic, sardonic, scornful, derisive, ridiculing, taunting;
critical, irreverent, disparaging, disrespectful, Rabelaisian
rare Hudibrastic, mordacious


Pronunciation: /səˈtɪrɪk(ə)li/
Example sentences
  • They concern themselves with the real world and address its problems, satirically or self-deprecatingly.
  • Caulfield hoped that the audience could look at Hollywood more critically or satirically.
  • This deeply ironic film satirically comments on, and often plainly states, how we are designed to pursue not good, but our own desires - which are often twisted and destructive.


Early 16th century: from late Latin satiricus (from satira 'poetic medley': see satire) + -al.

Words that rhyme with satirical

empirical, lyrical, miracle, panegyrical
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