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 satirize (audio) \ adjective

Examples of satirize in a Sentence

The book satirizes contemporary life.
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First Known Use of satirize

1616, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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3 May 2021

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“Satirize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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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