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[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.
Also, satiric.
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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  • Few will agree with him, for though he abounds in excellent satirical devices he is addicted to repeating them.
  • Its dialogue is expert, its satirical comedy amusing, its style fluid and graceful.
  • He used his satirical pen to promote issues of conservation and to bring national attention to environmental concerns.
British Dictionary definitions for satirical


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 satirical

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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