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or satiric

[suh-tir-i-kuh l] /səˈtɪr ɪ kəl/
of, pertaining to, containing, or characterized by satire:
satirical novels.
indulging in or given to satire:
a satirical poet.
Origin of satirical
1520-30; < Late Latin satiric(us) (satir(a) satire + -icus -ic) + -al1
Related forms
satirically, adverb
satiricalness, noun
nonsatiric, adjective
nonsatirical, adjective
nonsatirically, adverb
nonsatiricalness, noun
pseudosatirical, adjective
pseudosatirically, adverb
quasi-satirical, adjective
quasi-satirically, adverb
semisatiric, adjective
semisatirical, adjective
semisatirically, adverb
subsatiric, adjective
subsatirical, adjective
subsatirically, adverb
subsatiricalness, noun
unsatiric, adjective
unsatirical, adjective
unsatirically, adverb
unsatiricalness, noun
1. sardonic, ironical, taunting, cutting, mordant, biting, acid. See cynical. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for satiric
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  • She was popular in society, notwithstanding her satiric turn.

  • This statement is not to be accepted as a satiric fable, but as a literal fact.

    Recollections David Christie Murray
  • His satiric dwelling on the word “important” was exasperating.

  • One of his "Hundred Voices" has something of this satiric note.

    Life Immovable Kostes Palamas
  • Alston remembered the expression of satiric good-humour on Madame Beattie's face, and was not prepared wholly to condemn her.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • Her own father had a rich fund of humour, but it was satiric.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
British Dictionary definitions for satiric


of, relating to, or containing satire
given to the use of satire
Derived Forms
satirically, adverb
satiricalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for satiric

c.1500, from French satirique, from Late Latin satiricus, from satira (see satire (n.)). Earlier (late 14c.) as a noun meaning "a writer of satires."



1520s, from Late Latin satiricus, from Latin satira "satire, poetic medley" (see satire (n.)) + -al (1). Related: Satirically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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