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or satiric

[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 satirical
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Historical Examples
  • Many complained that he was reserved, silent, satirical, and haughty.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • The satirical farce was a popular dramatic form of the time.

    The Group Mercy Warren
  • He is bitter and satirical, and seems to be sadly conscious of the realities of human life.

    Statesman Plato
  • But Harriet was sure that she was satirical because she was so calm.

  • He bowed his head and gracefully thanked the satirical Vose.

    A Waif of the Mountains Edward S. Ellis
British Dictionary definitions for satirical


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 satirical

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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