Definitions for: Satire


[n] witty language used to convey insults or scorn; "he used sarcasm to upset his opponent"; "irony is wasted on the stupid"



Webster (1913) Definition: Sat"ire (?; in Eng. often ?; 277), n. [L. satira,
satura, fr. satura (sc. lanx) a dish filled with various
kinds of fruits, food composed of various ingredients, a
mixture, a medley, fr. satur full of food, sated, fr. sat,
satis, enough: cf. F. satire. See Sate, Sad, a., and cf.
Saturate.]
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.

Syn: Lampoon; sarcasm; irony; ridicule; pasquinade;
burlesque; wit; humor.

Synonyms: caustic remark, irony, sarcasm

See Also: humor, humour, wit, witticism, wittiness

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