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.
Word Origin:
early 16th cent.: from French, or from Latin satira, later form of satura ‘poetic medley’.
Example Bank:
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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