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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satirizable \ ˌsa-​tə-​ˈrī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce satirizable (audio) \ adjective

Examples of satirize in a Sentence

The book satirizes contemporary life.

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At times, especially for Hickenlooper, it’s been satirized. Nic Garcia, The Denver Post, "“Are all the white guys running together in people’s minds?” The unusual role identity is playing in the 2020 Democratic primary," 9 June 2019 While the original satirized the treachery of French aristocracy during the Ancien Régime, its ’90s counterpart tackles the insular world of Manhattan’s prep schools and Upper East Side. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Cruel Intentions Is Still a Teenage Fashion Dream 20 Years On," 22 Mar. 2019 Her uproariously funny global smash, The Wedding Party, satirized the tradition of fantasy nuptials down to the smallest detail and quickly became the nation’s highest grossing film of all time. Vogue, "How Nollywood’s Rom-com Queen Dresses to Impress," 22 Mar. 2019 Crazy Rich Asians, while satirizing the gaudiness of some characters and the outright fiendish behavior of others, presents Eleanor and the Young family’s wealth as something earned. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Crazy Rich Asians’ crazy rich success could mean more stories about less crazy rich Asian-American people.," 21 Dec. 2018 How does one satirize a political moment that seems long ago to have transcended satire? Christopher Orr, The Atlantic, "The Death of Stalin Is a Wicked Farce," 16 Mar. 2018 And that’s before you factor in that its sequel satirizes the internet, where the targets of parody change literally every hour. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Why do so many animated films have great stories? One secret: storyboarding.," 20 Nov. 2018 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

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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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