Definition of satire
1 : a literary work holding up human vices and follies to ridicule or scorn
2 : trenchant wit, irony, or sarcasm used to expose and discredit vice or folly
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.
Recent Examples of satire from the Web
The meme was created purely as satire, it was not meant to be a call to violence against CNN or any other news affiliation.
Shannon plays the convent’s mother superior, while John C. Reilly, Nick Offerman, Jemima Kirke, Lauren Weedman, Fred Armisen and Paul Reiser costar in the project, which is equal parts bedroom farce and exploitation satire.
While in office, Johnson had complained about the Smothers to the head of CBS, who asked them to tone down the satire.
Tonally, the performances range from earnest (Sherman’s smart, courageous Mara) to crazed (Levine’s raging Governor, who articulates far better than Scott) to versatile satire (McCain in five roles, Armstrong in four).
The main plot of Okja — part environmental horror story, part social satire — takes place ten years after Lucy’s stump speech.
That The Great Beauty achieves it with visual splendor, infectious party scenes, sparkling wit, poignant asides, and laugh-out-loud satire puts it in a special class of films that aim for excellence in every aspect and deliver.
True, Jarry wasn't in the business of finely honed cerebral satire.
But through its specific brand of unflinching and grim satire, this film instead has a more timeless target in its crosshairs.
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Synonym Discussion of satire
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
SATIRE Defined for Kids
Definition of satire for Students
1 : humor that is used to make fun of and often show the weaknesses of someone or something
2 : something (as a book or movie) that uses satire
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