sa·​tir·​ic | \sə-ˈtir-ik \
variants: or satirical \sə-​ˈtir-​i-​kəl \

Definition of satiric 

1 : of, relating to, or constituting satire satiric writers

2 : manifesting or given to satire

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satirically \sə-​ˈtir-​i-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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sarcastic, satiric, ironic, sardonic mean marked by bitterness and a power or will to cut or sting. sarcastic implies an intentional inflicting of pain by deriding, taunting, or ridiculing. a critic known for his sarcastic remarks satiric implies that the intent of the ridiculing is censure and reprobation. a satiric look at contemporary society ironic implies an attempt to be amusing or provocative by saying usually the opposite of what is meant. made the ironic observation that the government could always be trusted sardonic implies scorn, mockery, or derision that is manifested by either verbal or facial expression. surveyed the scene with a sardonic smile

Examples of satiric in a Sentence

a satiric story about the movie business

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With a satiric song and goofy video games, Russians openly joked about their team and its coach ahead of the tournament. Washington Post, "Russian fans celebrate once-maligned team as heroes," 19 June 2018 Instead, this ferociously satiric series sets its sights on a family at war, siblings in a struggle with one another and with their formidable father. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘Succession’ Review: A Family at War," 31 May 2018 While Blanchett and Bullock are predictably solid in their roles, Hathaway steals the film with a wickedly on-point satiric turn as a spoiled star. Lindsey Bahr, kansascity, "‘Ocean’s 8’ cruises through familiar waters with its talented all-star cast," 7 June 2018 That difference in aesthetic and style is reflected in this piece, which is both politically charged and playfully theatrical – both heavily satiric and lightly comic. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Jokes flow freely in Skylight's 'Urinetown'," 19 May 2018 So does Jivoff, who takes us from satiric spoof to camp. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Jokes flow freely in Skylight's 'Urinetown'," 19 May 2018 While Mad’s satiric legacy endures, the question of whether its educational ethos - - its implicit media literacy efforts – remains part of our youth culture is less clear. Michael J. Socolow, Smithsonian, "In its Heyday, Mad Magazine Was a Lot More Than Silly Jokes," 11 May 2018 If the truth of the Access Hollywood tape couldn’t bring him down, why would Hollywood’s satiric fictions be able to? Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Can Protest Art Get Its Mojo Back?," 7 May 2018 As a result of the successful satiric campaign, Boyle occupies one of 20 spots filled in last week's election tally, for which 37 potential candidates ran, according to the Los Angeles Times. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "A squirrel named Furry Boi wins UC Berkeley student government election | The Sacramento Bee," 21 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of satiric

1509, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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