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Definitions of satire

  1. 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"--Johathan Swift Wordnet Dictionary DB
  2. A kind of literature, usually poetry, in which vice and folly are held up to ridicule; a single work of literature of this sort; sarcasm. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. A species of poetry, exposing and turning to ridicule vice or folly: severity of remark: ridicule. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. Discourse or poem censuring vice or folly; witty or cutting censure. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. Satiric, satirical. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. The employment of sarcasm, irony, or ridicule; any writing in which vice or folly is held up to ridicule. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. A composition, generally in verse, in which the vices or follies of the time arc held up to reprobation or ridicule; severity of remark or denunciation; sarcasm; ridicule. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. Such witty keenness and severity of written composition on the vices and follies of the age as tend to bring them into contempt; keenness and severity of remark; irony; sarcasm. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9. Keeness and severity of remark; caustic exposure to reprobation; trenchant wit; sarcasm. Webster Dictionary DB

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Usage examples for satire

  1. But lighter satire with other " applied" poetry, has shown variety and excellence. – A History of Nineteenth Century Literature (1780-1895) by George Saintsbury
  2. He delighted in extravagance of a satire which usually said more than it meant, but always rested upon a foundation of good sense. – Crotchet-Castle by Peacock, Thomas Love
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