Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) witty language used to convey insults or scorn
    irony is wasted on the stupid
    Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own

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Synonyms of Satire

caustic remark, irony, sarcasm

Alternate forms of Satire

Derivations: satiric, satirical, satirise, satirist, satirize

Hypernyms: humor, humour, wit, witticism, wittiness

Origin of the word Satire

  1. late 14c., "work intended to ridicule vice or folly," from L. satira "satire, poetic medley," earlier satura, in lanx satura "mixed dish, dish filled with various kinds of fruit," lit. "full dish," from fem. of satur "sated" (see saturate). First applied in literary sense to a collection of poems on a variety of subjects by Ennius. In classical L., a… more

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