sat·​i·​rize | \ ˈsa-tə-ˌrīz How to pronounce satirize (audio) \
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 How to pronounce satirizable (audio) \ adjective

Examples of satirize in a Sentence

The book satirizes contemporary life.
Recent Examples on the Web Koons wisely doesn’t ask her cast to impersonate men but instead celebrates and gently satirizes their femaleness. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "In real life they were white men. This Baltimore play uses women, people of color to tell their story.," 13 Dec. 2019 On her YouTube channel that has 227,000 subscribers, she is known for satirizing French culture and society. Rachel E. Greenspan, Time, "Here's Why That 'Chanel Crasher' Woman Disrupted the Runway to Have Her Own Paris Fashion Week Moment," 1 Oct. 2019 John Wick 3: Parabellum > Joker Chad Stahelski’s slapstick violence wittily satirizes Millennial desperation (imagine if John Woo had Fred Astaire’s aplomb). Armond White, National Review, "The 15th Annual Better-Than List," 3 Jan. 2020 With its slow turn toward inanity, the sketch also satirized the romantic tolls of war and the ease with which dissatisfied citizens can be ensorcelled by demagogues. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Refreshing SNL Monologue," 6 Oct. 2019 The straining device is a symbol for those who claim membership in the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a loose affiliation of skeptics whose belief system satirizes claims made by conventional religions. Eric Zorn,, "Column: Muslim woman’s lawsuit proves it’s time to stop the nonsense and end anti-headgear rules for driver’s licenses," 5 Sep. 2019 If the earlier seasons of Silicon Valley satirized the absurdity of the tech bubble by examining how quickly a startup can rise and fall (and rise again), the sixth season appears to be targeting morality in the industry. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "Silicon Valley Questions the Morality of Success," 28 Oct. 2019 The broad comedy flies fast and furious, satirizing everything from The Catcher in the Rye to America's gun obsession to our culture's stereotypical depictions of Asians. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Soft Power': Theater Review," 16 Oct. 2019 With that iconic line, Swift broke from her bubbly pop past and embraced a new persona, reclaiming the emblem of the snake in order to satirize her public persona and fight back at her haters. Sophie Dodd,, "10 Years, 5 Albums & 1 Artist of the Decade: Taylor Swift's Record-Breaking Career by the Numbers," 24 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of satirize

1616, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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27 Jan 2020

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“Satirize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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