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. ( 6 Feb. 2008).


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