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/ˈsaˌtīr/,
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satires, plural;
  1. The 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

  2. A play, novel, film, or other work that uses satire
    • - a stinging satire on American politics
  3. A genre of literature characterized by the use of satire

  4. (in Latin literature) A literary miscellany, esp. a poem ridiculing prevalent vices or follies


  1. sarcasm: 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
  2. (satirical) exposing human folly to ridicule; "a persistent campaign of mockery by the satirical fortnightly magazine"
  3. (satirist) a humorist who uses ridicule and irony and sarcasm
  4. Satire is primarily a literary genre or form, although in practice it can also be found in the graphic and performing arts. In satire, vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, and society itself, into improvement. ...
  5. (Satires (Juvenal)) The Satires are a collection of satirical poems by the Latin author Juvenal written in the late 1st and early 2nd centuries A.D.
  6. 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; A satirical work
  7. (satirical) of, pertaining to, or connected with satire
  8. (satirist) A person who writes satire
  9. (Satirical) A method of speech, writing or artistic expression intended to be sarcastic, ironic or to provoke ridicule.
  10. (Satirist) 1) A taxidermist of the Past, Present and Future; one who disembowels, stuffs and mounts all the gods, living and dead; one who fills up with straw and sawdust all illusions. 2) An esoteric mimic. 3) A being with an eye in the back of his head. ...
  11. A piece of literature designed to ridicule the subject of the work. While satire can be funny, its aim is not to amuse, but to arouse contempt. ...
  12. A kind of literature that ridicules human folly or vice with the purpose of bringing about reform or of keeping others from falling into similar folly or vice.
  13. A literary technique in which ideas, customs, behaviors, or institutions are ridiculed for the purpose of improving society. Satire may be gently witty, mildly abrasive, or bitterly critical, and it often uses exaggeration for effect.
  14. A literary work which exposes and ridicules human vices or folly. Historically perceived as tending toward didacticism, it is usually intended as a moral criticism directed against the injustice or social wrongs. It may be written with witty jocularity or with anger and bitterness. ...
  15. A work that uses ridicule, humor, and wit to criticize and provoke change in human nature and institutions. ...
  16. a literary work which belittles or savagely attacks its subject. A distinction is sometimes made between direct and indirect satire. [Contributor: Dr. Ismail S. Talib, National University of Singapore.]
  17. is the exposure of the vices or follies of an indiviudal, a group, an institution, an idea, a society, etc., usually with a view to correcting it. Satirists frequently use irony.
  18. Satire is a literary technique that attacks foolishness by making fun of it. Most good satires work through a "fiction" that is clearly transparent. ...
  19. (n) - literary ridicule of a vice. satiric (adj)
  20. n.s. [satira, anciently satura, Lat. not from satyrus, a satyr; satire, Fr.] 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.
  21. An attack on any idiocy or vice in the form of scathing humor, or a critique of what the author sees as dangerous religious, political, moral, or social standards. Satire is not solely written for entertainment purposes, but generally has an aim or agenda to present. ...
  22. a genre or mode that exposes and ridicules human vice and folly. Its characters are usually braggarts, bullies, shady tricksters, and scalawags--often detestible and seldom commendable or sympathetic. Examples: Swift's Gulliver's Travels; Orwell's Animal Farm.
  23. A work that blends criticism with humor and wit as well as didactic intentions.
  24. a genre that uses wit, irony, and sarcasm to expose flaws in human nature or in society' behavior. Satire may be funny and may have a happy ending, but it differs from comedy. Comedy' purpose is mainly to entertain; satire' purpose is usually to teach some moral lesson. ...
  25. (From Satura, a 'medley' dealing with a variety of subjects; also associated with 'Satyr'). [This entry will be developed]