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satirical

[suh-tir-i-kuh l] /səˈtɪr ɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, containing, or characterized by satire:
satirical novels.
2.
indulging in or given to satire:
a satirical poet.
Also, satiric.
Origin
1520-1530
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
Synonyms
1. sardonic, ironical, taunting, cutting, mordant, biting, acid. See cynical.
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Examples from the web for satiric
  • But the far from sedate satiric choreography kept them frantically gesticulating.
  • On weekends he makes metal sculptures on satiric themes.
  • Dozens of popular comics in the past half century have worked in the same satiric vein.
  • My favorite bit of satiric advice has the kind of yelper line we've all heard.
  • Though possessing potent satiric gifts, he but rarely has recourse to them.
British Dictionary definitions for satiric

satirical

/səˈtɪrɪkəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or containing satire
2.
given to the use of satire
Derived Forms
satirically, adverb
satiricalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for satiric
adj.

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."

satirical

adj.

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

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