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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 satirically
Historical Examples
  • As they reached the door the attorney took the proffered hand and laughed a little, satirically.

    An Unoficial Patriot Helen Gardener
  • “I regret to have shocked your ladyship,” he murmured, satirically.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
  • "And then for her to turn from a throne-room to a dungeon," went on Triboulet, satirically, as he retreated.

    Under the Rose Frederic Stewart Isham
  • Anne and Sophy looked at each other and smiled, the one sadly, the other satirically.

    Phoebe, Junior Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
  • In especial Ben Jonson was always girding at Shakespeare, now satirically, now good-humouredly.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • The stranger lifted his eyebrows indulgently and satirically, but did not speak.

    Rose Charlitte Marshall Saunders
  • “You and Leff can run things a few days without me,”—he said satirically.

    The Gay Gnani of Gingalee Florence Huntley
  • He seemed to be a good deal amused with Henry—not at all satirically.

    Canada for Gentlemen James Seton Cockburn
  • And I suppose, she said, satirically, you wonder why Iwhy youare repellent to me.

  • Madam Fulton was regarding her, not satirically now, but in an honest wonder.

    Rose MacLeod Alice Brown
British Dictionary definitions for satirically


of, relating to, or containing satire
given to the use of satire
Derived Forms
satirically, adverb
satiricalness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for satirically



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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