satirize

verb
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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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, OregonLive.com, "Woodburn teenager arrested after allegedly making school-shooting threats on Snapchat," 23 May 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. Washington Post, "Philip Roth: a generation’s defining voice," 23 May 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. Hillel Italie, chicagotribune.com, "Philip Roth, prize-winning author of 'Portnoy's Complaint' and 'American Pastoral,' dies at 85," 22 May 2018 Despite the hoax, this isn’t an Emperor’s New Clothes-like prank where Moulton satirizes the art world for its pretensions. Andrea Alonso, Los Angeles Magazine, "Fact and Fiction Collide Inside an Exhibit Inspired by a “Forgotten” L.A. Legend—and Beverly Hills Cop," 12 June 2018 Qiu satirizes a Taiwan that was eager to westernize in the 1980s while being increasingly arrested in time. Ankita Chakraborty, Longreads, "A Crocodile In Paris: The Queer Classics of Qiu Miaojin," 8 June 2018 This troupe of comedians began 30 years ago as Senate staffers who set out to satirize their employers. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "Tickets for Poway OnStage's 2018-19 now on sale," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of satirize

1616, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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satirize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of satirize

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

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