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or sa·tir·ic

[suh-tir-i-kuhl or suh-tir-ik]
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  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


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1. See cynical.
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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.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for satiric



  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 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."

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

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