sat·ire [satire satires] BrE [ˈsætaɪə(r)] NAmE [ˈsætaɪər] noun uncountable, countable
a way of criticizing a person, an idea or an institution in which you use humour to show their faults or weaknesses; a piece of writing that uses this type of criticism
• political/social satire
• a work full of savage/biting satire
• The novel is a stinging satire on American politics.
early 16th cent.: from French, or from Latin satira, later form of satura ‘poetic medley’.
• The movie is a brilliant satire on Hollywood.
• the recent boom in political satire
• There is a strong tradition of political satire in this country.
Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
|n.||1.||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.||Keeness and severity of remark; caustic exposure to reprobation; trenchant wit; sarcasm.|
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