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Noun: satire  'sa,tI(-u)r
  1. Witty language used to convey insults or scorn, esp. saying one thing but implying the opposite
    "Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own";
    - sarcasm, irony, caustic remark
  2. A genre of literature and performing arts, in which shortcomings are held up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming others
  3. A satirical work
    "the year's best political satire"

Derived forms: satires

See also: sarcastic, sarky [Brit, informal], unsarcastic

Type of: drollness, genre, humor [US], humour [Brit, Cdn], literary genre, wit, witticism, wittiness, writing style

Encyclopedia: Satire