sat·​i·​rize ˈsa-tə-ˌrīz How to pronounce satirize (audio)
satirized; satirizing

intransitive verb

: to utter or write satire

transitive verb

: to censure or ridicule by means of satire
satirizable adjective

Examples of satirize in a Sentence

The book satirizes contemporary life.
Recent Examples on the Web Persons thus satirized included presidents Reagan, Carter, Ford and Nixon, as well as newsmen Dan Rather and Ted Koppel. Carmel Dagan, Variety, 26 Nov. 2023 Based on a True Story is, in fact, based on (or at least partly inspired by) a true story, while also satirizing true crime tropes. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Oct. 2023 An adaptation of Percival Everett’s novel Erasure, the film satirizes the commodification of Black artists — in a directorial debut for Jefferson that was highly lauded following its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Vulture, 16 Oct. 2023 Over its three seasons, the series did so many things well, from satirizing colonialist tropes about Indians, to honoring Native American traditions to illuminating the struggles and joys of life on the rez. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 27 Sep. 2023 At a time when most such epiphanies in movies come with a Big Important Self-Worth Speech like the one satirized in Barbie, Coppola deserves credit for making Priscilla’s awakening and steadily building resolve a subtle process. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Sep. 2023 One film even satirizes the connection between moviemaking and corporate brand marketing. Beatrice Loayza, New York Times, 8 Oct. 2023 Van Damme plays an alternate version of Johnny Cage, the fictional Hollywood star created to lampoon and satirize him. Gene Park, Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2023 In 1726, Jonathan Swift more or less predicted, and preemptively satirized, ChatGPT in Gulliver’s Travels. Mike Pearl, The New Republic, 14 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1616, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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The first known use of satirize was in 1616

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“Satirize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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sat·​i·​rize ˈsat-ə-ˌrīz How to pronounce satirize (audio)
satirized; satirizing
: to make fun of or show the weaknesses of by using satire

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