- a literary work in which vices, follies, abuses, etc. are held up to ridicule and contempt
- such literary works collectively
- 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 Etr, of Thracian origin, originally