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satirical

or sa·tir·ic

[suh-tir-i-kuhl 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

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1. See cynical.
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Related Words for satirical

incisive, sarcastic, sardonic, satiric, caustic, biting, mordant, abusive, bitter, burlesque, censorious, cutting, cynical, farcical, pungent, ironical, bantering, lampooning, paradoxical

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Contemporary Examples of satirical

Historical Examples of satirical

  • 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.

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

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


British Dictionary definitions for satirical

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 satirical

adj.

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

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