Examples of satire in a Sentence
- By contrast, Martial's friend, Juvenal, learned to transmute Martial's epigrammatic wit into savage satire. Juvenal's fierce, if occasionally obscene, tirades against immorality fit easily into the propaganda of the new era. —G. W. Bowersock, New York Review of Books, 26 Feb. 2009
- Unlike late-night talk shows that traffic in Hollywood interviews and stupid pet tricks, "The Daily Show" is a fearless social satire. Not many comedy shows would dare do five minutes on the intricacies of medicare or a relentlessly cheeky piece on President George W. Bush's Thanksgiving trip to Iraq … —Marc Peyser, Newsweek, 29 Dec. 2003 - 5 Jan. 2004
- Saturday Night Live alum Bill Murray stars in this film about Army basic training, and it features Second City TV veterans John Candy and Harold Ramis. Director Ivan Reitman co-produced Animal House. Do not, however, expect a devastating satire on the military; this film is so innocuous that the Defense Department let Reitman use Fort Knox, Ky. to make it. —People, 27 July 1981
His movies are known for their use of satire.
The movie is a political satire.
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Breaking the brittle veneer of the picture-perfect suburbs of 1950s America, Clooney’s new satire tackles racial prejudice which the actor and director said on Saturday continues to erupt in today’s angry society.
These poor attempts at satire are a jarring shift from the serious tone the game tries to create with its story moments.
Together will not especially surprise anyone familiar with creator Emily Kapnek, whose Suburgatory evolved from a suburban satire into an astute sitcom about the many different ways families can look and function.
Granted, not all those women employees have to be engineers, but Silicon Valley isn't just a satire on developers.
The satire is cautious and the emotions restrained, so that what should be a swirl of lust, ambition, recrimination and bureaucratic absurdity rises only to genteel, nervous laughter and mild discomfort.
Jones’ satire is often broad; these two actors go even broader, frequently scoring easy laughs at the cost of deeper meaning.
So even though the Armando Iannucci political satire was just days from its Russian premiere, the opening of a comedy about bloodthirsty apparatchiks still felt like a long shot.
For decades, the transit system’s policy allowed a range of messages, including political satire and criticism of the Catholic Church.
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The culinary roots of satire
Satire came into English at the beginning of the 16th century, and the meaning of the word has not strayed very far from its original sense. The initial uses were primarily applied to poems, and the term now has a broader applicability. Satire has a semantic and etymological overlap with both farce and lampoon. Farce ("a light dramatic composition marked by broadly satirical comedy and improbable plot") came into English as a synonym for forcemeat, meaning "finely chopped and highly seasoned meat or fish that is either served alone or used as a stuffing." Lampoon ("a harsh satire usually directed against an individual") is thought to come from the French lampons!, meaning "let us guzzle!" And satire is believed to trace back to the Latin satur, meaning "well-fed."
Synonym Discussion of satire
- a playful wit
- a sense of humor
- the irony of the title
- given to heartless sarcasm
- a satire on the Congress
- a dinner guest noted for repartee
SATIRE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of satire for English Language Learners
: a way of using humor to show that someone or something is foolish, weak, bad, etc. : humor that shows the weaknesses or bad qualities of a person, government, society, etc.
: a book, movie, etc., that uses satire
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