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Definition a way of making fun of people or ideas — often through exaggeration


a skit, essay, play, film or other literary work that uses such humor
  • He has a very satirical eye, and if I do not begin by being impertinent myself, I shall soon grow afraid of him.
    Austen, Jane  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • He read and reread the works of Stephen Potter, the English writer who coined the terms one-upmanship and gamesmanship, not as social satire but as a manual of practical stratagems.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • satire = criticism in a humorous way
  • Mademoiselle Danglars was still the same — cold, beautiful, and satirical.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Alexander, the younger brother, was sickly, clever, fond of books and drawing, and full of satirical remarks.
    Stevenson, Robert Louis  --  Tales and Fantasies
  • A poem of the satirical kind cannot indeed be put down to any author earlier than Homer; though many such writers probably there were.
    Aristotle  --  The Poetics of Aristotle
  • A famous Italian author of the sixteenth century, who wrote comedies, satires, and a metrical romance, Orlando Furioso.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Dost thou think I care for a satire or an epigram?
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • I had not expected him to be, and was not surprised myself; or my observation of similar practical satires would have been but scanty.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • The male residents snickered, glad not to be a target of Raspton's satire.
    Gloria Whelan  --  Listening for Lions
  • Even in anger, he was suave and satirical, and whisky usually served to intensify these qualities.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • That is some satire, keen and critical, Not sorting with a nuptial ceremony.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Feeling dissatisfied, he rushed to the other extreme, and wrote a satire, which was too libellous to print.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • 'That's the relics left in you of your old satirical tendencies.'
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • I do not object so much to the cynical and satirical fables as to those in which momentous truths are taught by monkeys and foxes.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • Mordred wore his ridiculous shoes contemptuously: they were a satire on himself.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • She flashed a slightly defiant look at him; it was clear to her that he had been drawing a satirical portrait of her beforehand.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • It was some foul parody, some infamous, ignoble satire.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • But visitors who had been to the capital had a lot to report, and it was easy enough for them as outsiders to be satirical.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Mademoiselle Danglars was still the same—cold, beautiful, and satirical.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Many an irksome noise, go a long way off, is heard as music, a proud, sweet satire on the meanness of our lives.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden

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