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sat·ire

 (săt′īr′)
n.
1.
a. A literary work in which human foolishness or vice is attacked through irony, derision, or wit.
b. The branch of literature constituting such works.
2. Irony, sarcasm, or caustic wit used to attack or expose human foolishness or vice.

[Latin satira, probably alteration (influenced by Greek satur, satyr, and saturos, burlesque of a mythical episode) of (lanx) satura, fruit (plate) mixture, from feminine of satur, sated, well-fitted; see sā- in Indo-European roots.]

satire

(ˈsætaɪə)
n
1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a novel, play, entertainment, etc, in which topical issues, folly, or evil are held up to scorn by means of ridicule and irony
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) the genre constituted by such works
3. the use of ridicule, irony, etc, to create such an effect
[C16: from Latin satira a mixture, from satur sated, from satis enough]

sat•ire

(ˈsæt aɪər)

n.
1. the use of irony, sarcasm, or ridicule in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc.
2. a literary composition or genre in which human folly and vice are held up to scorn, derision, or ridicule.
[1500–10; < Latin satira, variant of satura medley, perhaps feminine derivative of satur sated (see saturate)]
syn: See irony1.

satire

A genre using irony or ridicule to hold contentious issues, folly, or evil in scorn.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.satire - witty language used to convey insults or scornsatire - 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
humor, wit, witticism, wittiness, humour - a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter

satire

noun
1. mockery, wit, irony, ridicule, sarcasm, raillery, pasquinade It's an easy target for satire.
2. parody, mockery, caricature, send-up (Brit. informal), spoof (informal), travesty, takeoff (informal), lampoon, skit, burlesque A sharp satire on the American political process.
Quotations
"It's hard not to write satire" [Juvenal Satires]
"Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own" [Jonathan Swift The Battle of the Books]

satire

noun
A work, as a novel or play, that exposes folly by the use of humor or irony:
Translations
نَقْد ساخِر، كِتابة ساخِرَه
satira
satire
szatíra
háîsádeila, satíra
satyrasatyrikassatyrinissatyriškai parodyti
satīra
satiră
satira
satir
сатира

satire

[ˈsætaɪəʳ] Nsátira f (on contra)

satire

[ˈsætaɪər] nsatire f
a satire on sth → une satire sur qch

satire

nSatire f (→ on auf +acc); the satire in his voicedie Ironie in seiner Stimme

satire

[ˈsætaɪəʳ] n satire (on)satira (di, su)

satire

(ˈsӕtaiə) noun
(a piece of) writing etc that makes someone look foolish. a satire on university life.
saˈtirical (-ˈti-) adjective
1. of satire. satirical writing.
2. mocking. in a satirical mood.
ˈsatirist (-ˈti-) noun
a person who writes or performs satire(s).
ˈsatirize, ˈsatirise (-ti-) verb
to make look foolish by using satire.
References in classic literature ?
As, in the serious style, Homer is pre-eminent among poets, for he alone combined dramatic form with excellence of imitation, so he too first laid down the main lines of Comedy, by dramatising the ludicrous instead of writing personal satire.
Five Weeks in a Balloon" is, in a measure, a satire on modern books of African travel.
Perhaps best of all you will like his satire Of the mean and sure estate.
Most of his poems, other than certain political satire, which drew on him the Emperor's wrath, are full of subtle sadness and fragrant regret, reminding one of pot-pourri in some deep blue porcelain bowl.
Hence the characteristic Restoration verse is satire of a prosaic sort which scarcely belongs to poetry at all.
But this last were fitter for a satire than for a serious observation.
That, Sancho," returned Don Quixote, "reminds me of what happened to a famous poet of our own day, who, having written a bitter satire against all the courtesan ladies, did not insert or name in it a certain lady of whom it was questionable whether she was one or not.
The artist has this advantage over the rest of the world, that his friends offer not only their appearance and their character to his satire, but also their work.
I think that hardly less immoral than the lubricity of literature, and its celebration of the monkey and the goat in us, is the spectacle such criticism affords of the tigerish play of satire.
My friends, there hath arisen a satire on your friend: "Behold Zarathustra
But this is as nothing compared with Rataziaev's foul intention to place us in his books, and to describe us in a satire.
I daresay his papers, if he has left any, include some satires that may be published without too destructive results fifty years hence.