sa·​tir·​ic | \ sə-ˈtir-ik How to pronounce satiric (audio) \
variants: or satirical \ sə-​ˈtir-​i-​kəl How to pronounce satiric (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 satiric (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 The satiric characters are intentionally funny and cartoonish, but their prejudice is anything but. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Common Ground’s ‘Day of Absence’ a landmark play that still resonates," 3 Mar. 2021 Lefty critics who thought the show was on their side were notably aghast at seeing their precious AOC in the satiric crosshairs. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Brilliant, Scabrous Satire of The Boys," 30 Nov. 2020 The foot parade, in which participants pull tiny, satiric floats, has been a popular part of the downtown Carnival scene since it was founded in 2008. Doug Maccash | Staff Writer,, "The mighty mini Mardi Gras parade, 'tit Rex, is canceled in 2021," 16 Nov. 2020 While the book was satiric, its intent was entirely serious. Al Franken, Star Tribune, "Bring Americans together? Good luck with that!," 11 Nov. 2020 Sharro asked in a satiric leap, probably never imagining that, three and a half years later, a U.S. senator would call to deploy the Army against American protesters. Yasmine Al-sayyad, The New Yorker, "What Foreign Journalists See in the U.S. Election," 26 Oct. 2020 In contrast to Tomorrow, Bolling draws in a more whimsical style, giving his strips a certain playfulness — like a warm pet that leaps and rolls over before delivering a satiric bite. Washington Post, "From two cartoonists, twisted takes on life with Trump," 23 Oct. 2020 Among the more satiric suggestions were: Brew, Brah! Doug Maccash | Staff Writer,, "What to rename Dixie Beer? From sincere to smart-aleck, readers have plenty of suggestions," 24 Sep. 2020 Aristophanes, who wrote satiric plays 2,400 years ago, was condemned during his lifetime for his depictions of citizens of Athens. Roger J. Kreuz, The Conversation, "Charlie Hebdo shootings served as an extreme example of the history of attacks on satirists," 15 Sep. 2020

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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 18 May. 2021.

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