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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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. 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
  3. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Keeness and severity of remark; caustic exposure to reprobation; trenchant wit; sarcasm. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. 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.
  6. Satirist. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. 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.
  8. Discourse or poem censuring vice or folly; witty or cutting censure. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. Satiric, satirical. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. sat'[=i]r, or sat'ir, n. a literary composition, orig. in verse, essentially a criticism of man and his works, whom it holds up either to ridicule or scorn--its chief instruments, irony, sarcasm, invective, wit and humour: an invective poem: severity of remark, denunciation: ridicule.--adjs. SATIR'IC, -AL, pertaining to, or conveying, satire: sarcastic: abusive.--adv. SATIR'ICALLY.--n. SATIR'ICALNESS, the state or quality of being satirical.--v.t. SAT'IR[=I]SE, to make the object of satire: to censure severely.--n. SAT'IRIST, a writer of satire. [Fr.,--L. satira, satura (lanx, a dish), a full dish, a medley.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  14. (Rom. Ant.) poetic medley, esp. poem aimed at prevalent vices or follies; a composition in verse or prose holding up vice or folly to ridicule or lampooning individual (s), this branch of literature, (often upon); thing that brings ridicule upon something (our lives are a s. upon our religion); use of ridicule, irony, sarcasm, &c., in speech or writing for the ostensible purpose of exposing& discouraging vice or folly. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  15. [L.] At first a poem full of miscellaneous matter without orderly method; but afterwards, a composition chastising or ridiculing vice. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  16. n. [French, Latin] A composition, generally poetical, holding up vice or folly to reprobation; am an invective poem, essay, or discourse;-keenness and severity of remark; trenchant wit; sarcasm; irony; ridicule; humour. Cabinet Dictionary

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