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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
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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.

    The Youth of Jefferson J. E. Cooke.
  • Anne and Sophy looked at each other and smiled, the one sadly, the other satirically.

    Phoebe, Junior Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
  • “You and Leff can run things a few days without me,”—he said satirically.

    The Gay Gnani of Gingalee Florence Huntley
  • "That is your last new importation of Granville-ism," said Agnes, satirically.

    Modern Flirtations Catherine Sinclair
  • The stranger lifted his eyebrows indulgently and satirically, but did not speak.

    Rose Charlitte Marshall Saunders
  • He seemed to be a good deal amused with Henry—not at all satirically.

    Canada for Gentlemen James Seton Cockburn
  • Madam Fulton was regarding her, not satirically now, but in an honest wonder.

    Rose MacLeod Alice Brown
British Dictionary definitions for satirically


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 satirically



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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