sat·​i·​rize | \ ˈsa-tə-ˌrīz \
satirized; satirizing

Definition of satirize

intransitive verb

: to utter or write satire

transitive verb

: to censure or ridicule by means of satire

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Other Words from satirize

satirizable \ ˌsa-​tə-​ˈrī-​zə-​bəl \ adjective

Examples of satirize in a Sentence

The book satirizes contemporary life.

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In this decade, when a TV show has done an episode satirizing rom-com tropes, the way Community or Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23 did over the course of their runs, those episodes have usually involved signposting a fake relationship. Constance Grady, Vox, "To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before," 25 Aug. 2018 And indeed past translators (Joseph Hall in 1608, for instance) have used it as a jumping-off point to satirize contemporary mores. A.e. Stallings, WSJ, "‘Characters’ Review: You Know the Types," 7 Dec. 2018 The firetruck sirens blared, the patriotic tunes played, the crowds cheered and the Lake Bluff Lawn Mower Precision Drill Team satirized a current event with some edgy humor. Daniel I. Dorfman,, "Controversial lawn mowers, firetruck sirens and crowds cheering the parade – a typical July 4 in Lake Bluff," 6 July 2018 Roth responded by satirizing Howe and the magazine as stuffy hypocrites in his 1983 novel The Anatomy Lesson. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Commentary still can’t forgive Philip Roth.," 24 May 2018 Or, for Nordic noir diehards looking for something a little different, try Fallet, a dry Swedish comedy that subtly satirizes the genre. Noel Murray, The Verge, "This weekend, stream some ‘Nordic noir’ on Netflix, starting with Deadwind," 9 Nov. 2018 Their double piano act was a sendup of their own mainstream mellifluousness, self-satirizing and sentimental all at once. New York Times, "The Best and Worst of the Tony Awards 2018," 11 June 2018 Ackroyd reports on a few suggestive funerary monuments and quotes from literary works satirizing queers and, from time to time, allowing their love to peep out, but most of his early evidence comes from criminal trials. Caleb Crain, New York Times, "In One City, 2,000 Years of Gay History," 21 June 2018 The aunt of the main character, Neil Klugman, is a meddling worrywart, and the upper-middle-class relatives of Neil's girlfriend are satirized as shallow materialists. Douglas Perry,, "Woodburn teenager arrested after allegedly making school-shooting threats on Snapchat," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of satirize

1616, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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English Language Learners Definition of satirize

: to show that (someone or something) is foolish, weak, bad, etc., by using satire

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