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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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 Reviews were gleeful in pointing out that the film industry — long a target of satiric disdain in Broadway plays — was finally getting a bit of its own back. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Sam Staggs’s “All About ‘All About Eve.’”," 21 Apr. 2020 Way back in The Good Fight’s pilot, Diane watched the inauguration of Donald Trump with progressive horror, and the last couple seasons have tracked the creeping surreality of the ensuing administration with pointed, satiric glee. Darren Franich,, "The Good Fight season 4 is loopy, paranoid, all over the place, and gripping: Review," 9 Apr. 2020 The satiric dark comedy stars Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult, and tells the story of Russia's longest-reigning empress, Catherine the Great, in her younger years. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Great on Hulu: Everything We Know So Far," 23 Mar. 2020 In the process, director Steven Soderbergh mostly squanders a cast toplined by Meryl Streep, in a Netflix film that plays like a darkly satiric connection of vignettes that lost something -- mostly, a coherent narrative -- in the rinse cycle. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'The Laundromat' puts poor spin on Panama Papers case," 27 Sep. 2019 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,, "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,, "The Politician Review: Ryan Murphy's Netflix Series Feels Like a Glee Episode About Richard Nixon," 27 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of satiric

1509, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Satiric.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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