Definition of satire in English:

satire

Syllabification: sat·ire
Pronunciation: /ˈsaˌtīr
 
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noun

1The use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.
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  • Some pointed out the film's emotional power, others its use of irony and satire to criticize fascism.
  • Tan's mild political satire maintains a wry humour that complements the general comic tone.
  • Through humour, satire, and a range of experiments with language, the collection offers an oblique commentary on Caribbean society.
Synonyms
1.1A play, novel, film, or other work that uses satire: a stinging satire on American politics
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  • The film is an incisive satire on religion and British society, with the Church of England hierarchy particularly coming in for a skewering.
  • Although set in the future, Owen's play is a satire on our preoccupation with surfaces.
  • The play is to be perceived as a satire on big business, which these piddling rogues try to emulate and, in their puny way, supposedly mirror.
Synonyms
1.2A genre of literature characterized by the use of satire.
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  • He was a pioneer in various genres including satire, literary criticism, and drama.
  • In English literature, satire may be held to have begun with Chaucer, who was followed by many 15th-cent. writers, including Dunbar.
  • Like both satire and the sentimental, the uncanny as a literary category has been the subject of significant theoretical work.
1.3(In Latin literature) a literary miscellany, especially a poem ridiculing prevalent vices or follies.
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  • My evidence for both of these assertions is to be found in a particular Horatian poem: number five in the first book of Horace's satires, commonly referred to as ‘A Journey to Brundisium.’
  • Horace's satire and Jonson's epigram have proven similarly resistant to efforts at critical appreciation.
  • For many readers, this moment of unexpected sexual explicitness drives the general grittiness of Horace's satire beyond the pale of propriety.

Origin

early 16th century: from French, or from Latin satira, later form of satura 'poetic medley'.

Derivatives

satirist

Pronunciation: /ˈsatərist/
noun
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  • As a satirist, the writer is unafraid of drawing aside the drapes of hypocrisy and sham that seem to safeguard middle-class ethics.
  • They bolster the poet's defense of the French monarchy and of his personal integrity, increasingly under attack by Protestant satirists.
  • Pound, old and in despair, described himself as merely a minor satirist.

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