- The definition of a satire is the use of irony, sarcasm and humor to criticize or show the ignorance of people.
An example of satire is The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
- a literary work in which vices, follies, stupidities, abuses, etc. are held up to ridicule and contempt
- such literary works collectively, or the art of writing them
- the use of ridicule, sarcasm, irony, etc. to expose, attack, or deride vices, follies, etc.
Origin of satireFrench ; from Classical Latin satira or satura, satire, poetic medley ; from (lanx) satura, (dish) of various fruits, probably ; from Etruscan of Thracian origin, originally
- a. A literary work in which human foolishness or vice is attacked through irony, derision, or wit.b. The branch of literature constituting such works.
- Irony, sarcasm, or caustic wit used to attack or expose human foolishness or vice.
Origin of satireLatin satira, probably alteration (influenced by Greek satur, satyr, and saturos, burlesque of a mythical episode) of (lanx) satura, fruit (plate) mixture, from feminine of satur, sated, well-fitted; see sā- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural satires)
Implied in satiric (attested in 1387), from Latin satira, from earlier satura, from lanx satura (“full dish”), from feminine of satur. Altered in Latin by influence of Ancient Greek σάτυρος (saturos, “satyr”), on the mistaken notion that the form is related to the Greek σατυρικόν δράμα (saturikon drama, “satyr drama”).