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
Recent Examples on the Web So, internet comedian and Trump satirist Randy Rainbow is here to offer him some advice for his 2020 re-election campaign ... sort of. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Randy Rainbow Offers Trump Some Sardonic Campaign Advice in Epic 'Beauty and the Beast' Parody Video," 21 Jan. 2020 The Roman satirist Juvenal coined the phrase in his biting Tenth Satire: panem et circenses. Christopher Benfey, The New York Review of Books, "The Year of the Amazon?," 22 Jan. 2020 Comedian and satirist Sacha Baron Cohen has been waging a small war against social media. Washington Post, "Golden Globes: 15 things to know, from ‘The Irishman’ shutout to that racy Obama joke," 6 Jan. 2020 On the other hand, farceurs and satirists have always focused on power — without regard to deserving — and thus these genres have always functioned as safety valves and indicators of a free society. Chris Jones,, "Is this the end of comedy? Why it’s never been harder to tell a joke," 19 June 2019 The Yippies, radical prankster Abbie Hoffman and satirist Paul Krassner’s attempt to amalgamate the two, were always more of a stunt than a movement. Tom Carson, Los Angeles Times, "Woodstock glorified them. Tarantino barbecued them. In 2019, whither the hippie?," 15 Aug. 2019 In a dictatorship, the satirist is quickly shut down. Chris Jones,, "Is this the end of comedy? Why it’s never been harder to tell a joke," 19 June 2019 This underappreciated 350-year-old play by one of theater’s all-time master satirists is scarily appropriate for our times. Christopher Arnott,, "Review: ’Don Juan’ a cool, cruel comedy at Westport Playhouse," 12 Nov. 2019 Millennial social satirists don’t dare personal revelation. Armond White, National Review, "Parasite: Antifa Comedy for the Cancel-Culture Era," 11 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of satirist

1566, in the meaning defined above

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“Satirist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of satirist

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

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