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satire vs. sarcasm
[ sat-ahyuhr ]
- the use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, to expose, denounce, or deride the folly or corruption of institutions, people, or social structures:The success of the production stems from its balance of affectionate comedy and well-observed satire.
- a work of art, literature, or entertainment in which the folly and corruption of human beings, institutions, or social structures are exposed, denounced, or ridiculed:The skit offended only those who didn’t recognize it as a political satire. Did you notice that all the novels on her bookshelf were satires?
- a genre of literature, art, or entertainment comprising such works:The eighteenth century is considered British literature’s golden age of satire.
[ sahr-kaz-uhm ]
- harsh, cutting, or bitter derision, often using irony to point out the deficiencies or failings of someone or something:He resorts to sarcasm when he senses he’s losing an argument.
- a sharply ironical taunt; sneering or cutting remark: a review full of sarcasms.