satire – humorous ridicule often used to convey rebuke or criticism or to expose folly or vice
Synonyms: lampoonery, raillery, satiricalness
Related words: banter, chaffing; causticity, irony; mockery, ridicule; pasquinade, persiflage, squib; parody, spoof, spoofery, takeoff
Etymology: Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin satira, satura satirical poetry, poetic medley, from (lanx) satura full plate, plate filled with fruits, mixture, medley, from lanx plate + satura, feminine of satur full of food, sated
“satire.” Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged. Merriam-Webster, 2002. http://unabridged.merriam-webster.com ( 6 Feb. 2008).