the use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc.
a literary composition, in verse or prose, in which human folly and vice are held up to scorn, derision, or ridicule.
a literary genre comprising such compositions.
< Latin satira,
variant of satura
medley, perhaps feminine derivative of satur
sated (see saturate
Can be confused
(see synonym study at burlesque
; see synonym study at the current entry)satire, satyr
. 2, 3.
burlesque, caricature, parody, travesty. Satire, lampoon
refer to literary forms in which vices or follies are ridiculed. Satire
the general term, often emphasizes the weakness more than the weak person, and usually implies moral judgment and corrective purpose: Swift's satire of human pettiness and bestiality. Lampoon
refers to a form of satire, often political or personal, characterized by the malice or virulence of its attack: lampoons of the leading political figures.