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[sat-uh-rahyz] /ˈsæt əˌraɪz/
verb (used with object), satirized, satirizing.
to attack or ridicule with satire.
Also, especially British, satirise.
Origin of satirize
First recorded in 1595-1605; satire + -ize
Related forms
satirizable, adjective
satirization, noun
satirizer, noun
nonsatirizing, adjective
unsatirizable, adjective
unsatirized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for satirizing
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  • This, addressed to the man whom he had been satirizing so unsparingly, was inconceivable!

  • Young persons appear ridiculous when satirizing or ridiculing books, people or things.

    Our Deportment

    John H. Young
  • This is Buffon's way of satirizing our inability to bear in mind that we are compelled to judge all things by our own standards.

    Evolution, Old & New Samuel Butler
  • Lady Lytton wrote novels for the purpose of satirizing her husband and his friends,—his parasites, she called them.

    Home Life of Great Authors Hattie Tyng Griswold
  • "I am glad he worships anybody," he said, when some friends were satirizing an absent companion for his devotion to a great man.

    Home Life of Great Authors Hattie Tyng Griswold
  • Lady Lytton wrote novels for the purpose of satirizing her husband and his friends—his parasites, she called them.

  • Consequently, instead of satirizing the spirit of his age, he outwardly acquiesced in it and even flattered it.

    The Ordeal of Mark Twain Van Wyck Brooks
  • “Safe and free,” he repeated thinly, as if satirizing the condition implied by those commonplace, assuaging words.

    Wild Oranges Joseph Hergesheimer
British Dictionary definitions for satirizing


to deride (a person or thing) by means of satire
Derived Forms
satirization, satirisation, noun
satirizer, satiriser, noun
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Word Origin and History for satirizing



c.1600, from French satiriser (see satire (n.)). Related: Satirized; satirizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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