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.

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Wallace was often considered the most feared interviewer on television, an interrogator whose manner was unrelenting and questions probing, to the point that both Sid Caesar and Jack Benny did skits satirizing their ferocity. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Mike Wallace Is Here’ is as tough minded as the man himself," 2 Aug. 2019 Think about how our recent presidents have been satirized in their respective eras. Scott Meslow, GQ, "Our Cartoon President Makes Us Wonder: Why Can’t Anyone Make a Decent Donald Trump Satire?," 9 Feb. 2018 Written in 1885, Gilbert and Sullivan used the work to satirize British politics, social mores and institutions of the time. Matthew J. Palm,, "Using ‘The Mikado’ to embrace Japanese culture, female power," 8 Aug. 2019 Pop culture had, in the past, spoofed and satirized the pretentious wine drinker. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Inside the calculated race to create the next drink of summer," 17 July 2019 Holsinger is better at satirizing his characters than baring their souls. Paul Gleason,, "These insufferable parents will do anything to get their kids into 'The Gifted School'," 3 July 2019 The page contained press releases that satirized the Department’s racial sensitivity and civil rights practices. Jack Greiner,, "Strictly Legal: Ohio police department's inability to take a joke may cost it.," 2 July 2019 His design was satirized by newspaper cartoonists and led to some legal feuding, including between Gaudí and the couple. Raphael Minder,, "What’s it like to live in Barcelona’s most famous Gaudí home? A bit inconvenient," 29 June 2019 Jodie will satirize workplace culture, Gen Z struggles, the artifice of social media and more. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Sure, Daria Was Great, But Tracee Ellis Ross' Jodie Is Bound To Be Better," 15 June 2019

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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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