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[suh-tir-i-kuh l or suh-tir-ik] /səˈtɪr ɪ kəl or səˈtɪr ɪk/
of, pertaining to, containing, or characterized by satire:
satirical novels.
indulging in or given to satire:
a satirical poet.
Origin of satirical
1520-30; < Late Latin satiric(us) (satir(a) satire + -icus -ic) + -al1
Related forms
satirically, adverb
satiricalness, noun
nonsatiric, adjective
nonsatirical, adjective
nonsatirically, adverb
nonsatiricalness, noun
pseudosatirical, adjective
pseudosatirically, adverb
quasi-satirical, adjective
quasi-satirically, adverb
semisatiric, adjective
semisatirical, adjective
semisatirically, adverb
subsatiric, adjective
subsatirical, adjective
subsatirically, adverb
subsatiricalness, noun
unsatiric, adjective
unsatirical, adjective
unsatirically, adverb
unsatiricalness, noun
1. sardonic, ironical, taunting, cutting, mordant, biting, acid.
Synonym Study
1. See cynical. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for satiric
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  • "Yes, you will," Adams returned, not noticing that his son's inflection was satiric.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • This statement is not to be accepted as a satiric fable, but as a literal fact.

    Recollections David Christie Murray
  • One of his "Hundred Voices" has something of this satiric note.

    Life Immovable Kostes Palamas
  • The ethos of the satiric persona was something they could not understand.

    Two Poems Against Pope Leonard Welsted
  • Her own father had a rich fund of humour, but it was satiric.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • The richness of his satiric perception was too great to permit of speech.

    The House with the Green Shutters

    George Douglas Brown
British Dictionary definitions for satiric


of, relating to, or containing satire
given to the use of satire
Derived Forms
satirically, adverb
satiricalness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for satiric

c.1500, from French satirique, from Late Latin satiricus, from satira (see satire (n.)). Earlier (late 14c.) as a noun meaning "a writer of satires."



1520s, from Late Latin satiricus, from Latin satira "satire, poetic medley" (see satire (n.)) + -al (1). Related: Satirically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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