- 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.
satire definition by Webster's New World
- 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: French ; from Classical Latin satira or satura, satire, poetic medley ; from (lanx) satura, (dish) of various fruits, probably ; from Etruscan of Thracian origin, originally
satire definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A literary work in which human vice or folly is attacked through irony, derision, or wit.b. The branch of literature constituting such works. See Synonyms at caricature.
- Irony, sarcasm, or caustic wit used to attack or expose folly, vice, or stupidity.
Origin: Latin 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.
satire - Cultural Definition
A work of literature that mocks social conventions, another work of art, or anything its author thinks ridiculous. Gulliver's Travels, by Jonathan Swift, is a satire of eighteenth-century British society.