verb (used with object), sat·i·rized, sat·i·riz·ing.

to attack or ridicule with satire.

Also especially British, sat·i·rise.

Origin of satirize

First recorded in 1595–1605; satire + -ize
Related formssat·i·riz·a·ble, adjectivesat·i·ri·za·tion, nounsat·i·riz·er, nounnon·sat·i·riz·ing, adjectiveun·sat·i·riz·a·ble, adjectiveun·sat·i·rized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for satirizing

Contemporary Examples of satirizing

Historical Examples of satirizing

  • 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.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for satirizing




to deride (a person or thing) by means of satire
Derived Formssatirization or satirisation, nounsatirizer or 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