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 (sə-tĭr′ĭ-kəl) or sa·tir·ic (-ĭk)
1. Of, relating to, or characterized by satire.
2. Given to or fond of making satirical remarks.

sa·tir′i·cal·ly adv.


(səˈtɪrɪkəl) or


1. of, relating to, or containing satire
2. given to the use of satire
saˈtirically adv
saˈtiricalness n


(səˈtɪr ɪ kəl)

also sa•tir′ic,

1. of or characterized by satire.
2. indulging in or given to satire.
[1520–30; < Late Latin satiric(us) (satir(a) satire + -icus -ic) + -al1]
sa•tir′i•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.satirical - exposing human folly to ridicule; "a persistent campaign of mockery by the satirical fortnightly magazine"
sarcastic - expressing or expressive of ridicule that wounds


adjective mocking, ironical, cynical, cutting, biting, bitter, taunting, pungent, incisive, sarcastic, sardonic, caustic, vitriolic, burlesque, mordant, Rabelaisian, mordacious a satirical novel about London life in the late 80s


Contemptuous or ironic in manner or wit:
ساخِر، إنْتِقادي، هِجائيساخِر، هِجائي


[səˈtɪrɪkəl] ADJsatírico


[səˈtɪrɪkəl] adjsatirique


adj literature, film etcsatirisch; (= mocking, joking)ironisch


[səˈtɪrɪkl] adjsatirico/a


(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 ?
Certainly, he that hath a satirical vein, as he maketh others afraid of his wit, so he had need be afraid of others' memory.
A poem of the satirical kind cannot indeed be put down to any author earlier than Homer; though many such writers probably there were.
The plays which Jonson produced during the following years were chiefly satirical attacks on other dramatists, especially Marston and Dekker, who retorted in kind.
It is therefore not in strict character, however admirably satirical, that after going to school himself, he should then go abroad inculcating not what he learned there, but the folly of it.
His piercing look was fixed in vain on the satirical face of the Gascon and the unchanging countenance of Porthos.
Because they neither flattered herself nor her children, she could not believe them good-natured; and because they were fond of reading, she fancied them satirical: perhaps without exactly knowing what it was to be satirical; but THAT did not signify.
The talk of this gentleman ran in an easy flow--revealing an independent habit of mind, and exhibiting a carefully-polished capacity for satirical retort--dreaded and disliked by the present generation.
Alexander, the younger brother, was sickly, clever, fond of books and drawing, and full of satirical remarks.
P.S.--Do not think that I could write to you in a satirical vein, for I am too old to show my teeth to no purpose, and people would laugh at me, and quote our Russian proverb: "Who diggeth a pit for another one, the same shall fall into it himself."
I dare say that my father tried to make us understand the satirical purpose of the book.
He has, in his own quaint way, interpreted seriously one of his young mistress's many satirical references to my foreign education; and has persuaded himself that he actually saw those French, German, and Italian sides to my character, which my lively cousin only professed to discover in jest, and which never had any real existence, except in our good Betteredge's own brain.
She flashed a slightly defiant look at him; it was clear to her that he had been drawing a satirical portrait of her beforehand.