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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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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



  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


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

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