satiric

adjective
sa·​tir·​ic | \ sə-ˈtir-ik How to pronounce satiric (audio) \
variants: or satirical \ sə-​ˈtir-​i-​kəl How to pronounce satirical (audio) \

Definition of satiric

1 : of, relating to, or constituting satire satiric writers
2 : manifesting or given to satire

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Other Words from satiric

satirically \ sə-​ˈtir-​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce satirically (audio) \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for satiric

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
Recent Examples on the Web These productions will make the satiric HBO show Silicon Valley look like a tourist bureau advertorial for its eponymous location. Steven Levy, Wired, "The 2010s Killed the Cult of the Tech Founder. Great!," 26 Dec. 2019 Every episode hits unexpected gears of satiric richness and imaginative myth-of-the-modern-world fantasy, microscoping racial and economic discord in stories that communicate major problems in ever-less-obvious ways. Darren Franich, EW.com, "The best TV shows of the decade," 5 Dec. 2019 That image announced both McCall’s major theme—the absurdity of city life—and the tenets of his style, which relies on gently satiric detail. Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker, "Bruce McCall’s “Down the Hatch”," 4 Nov. 2019 The effect isn’t satiric, campy, funny, ironic or even cynical. Tom Gliatto, PEOPLE.com, "The Politician Review: Ryan Murphy's Netflix Series Feels Like a Glee Episode About Richard Nixon," 27 Sep. 2019 This delightfully satiric take on the Israeli-Palestinian quagmire revolves around a third-rate soap opera and a border checkpoint where creativity — and helpings of hummus -- trump ethnic conflict. SFChronicle.com, "Capsule movie reviews for Aug. 18," 14 Aug. 2019 The houses compete at the house balls not just in dancing but also in numerous, elaborate, often-satiric drag categories. Peter Keough, BostonGlobe.com, "In vogue, online, at Woodstock," 25 July 2019 There is satiric bite to Eric Roth’s screenplay, based on Winston Groom’s novel. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Everyone Is Wrong about Forrest Gump," 25 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of satiric

1509, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Jan 2020

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“Satiric.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/satiric. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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