sat·​i·​rist | \ ˈsa-tə-rist How to pronounce satirist (audio) \

Definition of satirist

: one that satirizes especially : a writer of satire

Examples of satirist in a Sentence

social satirists of the American Dream the great British satirist, Jonathan Swift

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Even the heartbroken new material of folky satirist Father John Misty couldn’t kill the summer fest’s good vibes. Michael Rietmulder, The Seattle Times, "Capitol Hill Block Party rages on with #MeToo undertones," 23 July 2018 Mandeville took his argument to a satirist’s extremes, claiming that robbery, alcoholism and prostitution also produced public benefits. Stephen Miller, WSJ, "Economic Liberty Turns Vice Into Virtue," 14 Nov. 2018 Warning: Video contains explicit language The satirist John Oliver spent his show Sunday urging President Trump to recertify the Iran nuclear deal. Sean Smyth,, "‘Swine is sexy,’ John Oliver tells viewers," 23 Apr. 2018 YouTube satirist Randy Rainbow was the guest of honor. Jeffrey Gantz,, "17 theater companies take a bow at the Norton Awards," 22 May 2018 From stage to screen to stream, the vanity, narcissism, and general egotism of actors have always been a reliable source of amusement, especially in the hands of the right satirists. Don Aucoin,, "In this family, the upstaging never stops," 27 June 2018 The troupe of political satirists, made up mostly of former Capitol Hill staffers, has had an Independence Day date with the university city for years. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Plan your weekend: DSO's 'Salute to America,' Stars & Stripes fest, Bill Burr," 27 June 2018 The latest opinion polls predict Jansa’s SDS could get around 25 percent of the votes, followed by the former satirist Marjan Sarec’s list, the Social Democrats and Cerar’s Modern Center Party. Washington Post, "Anti-immigrant party set to make gains in Slovenia vote," 1 June 2018 The British satirist appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers Tuesday night to talk up the children’s book. Tufayel Ahmed, Newsweek, "John Oliver's Gay Love Story About Mike Pence's Rabbit Has Sold 180,000 Copies, Outselling the Marlon Bundo Book It's Trolling," 21 Mar. 2018

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1566, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of satirist

: a person who uses satire in books, movies, etc.

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