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satirical

or sa·tir·ic

[suh-tir-i-kuh l or suh-tir-ik]
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adjective
  1. of, pertaining to, containing, or characterized by satire: satirical novels.
  2. indulging in or given to satire: a satirical poet.
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Origin of satirical

1520–30; < Late Latin satiric(us) (satir(a) satire + -icus -ic) + -al1
Related formssa·tir·i·cal·ly, adverbsa·tir·i·cal·ness, nounnon·sa·tir·ic, adjectivenon·sa·tir·i·cal, adjectivenon·sa·tir·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·sa·tir·i·cal·ness, nounpseu·do·sa·tir·i·cal, adjectivepseu·do·sa·tir·i·cal·ly, adverbqua·si-sa·tir·i·cal, adjectivequa·si-sa·tir·i·cal·ly, adverbsem·i·sa·tir·ic, adjectivesem·i·sa·tir·i·cal, adjectivesem·i·sa·tir·i·cal·ly, adverbsub·sa·tir·ic, adjectivesub·sa·tir·i·cal, adjectivesub·sa·tir·i·cal·ly, adverbsub·sa·tir·i·cal·ness, nounun·sa·tir·ic, adjectiveun·sa·tir·i·cal, adjectiveun·sa·tir·i·cal·ly, adverbun·sa·tir·i·cal·ness, noun

Synonyms

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1. sardonic, ironical, taunting, cutting, mordant, biting, acid.

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1. See cynical.
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Examples from the Web for satirically

Historical Examples

  • “I regret to have shocked your ladyship,” he murmured, satirically.

    The Strollers

    Frederic S. Isham

  • And I suppose, she said, satirically, you wonder why Iwhy youare repellent to me.

  • “I suppose because we have no ruins and no curiosities,” said Virginia, satirically.

    Humorous Ghost Stories

    Dorothy Scarborough

  • "You are one of the lords of creation," said Philippa satirically.

  • Anne and Sophy looked at each other and smiled, the one sadly, the other satirically.

    Phoebe, Junior

    Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant


British Dictionary definitions for satirically

satirical

satiric

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or containing satire
  2. given to the use of satire
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Derived Formssatirically, adverbsatiricalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for satirically

satirical

adj.

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

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