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What does "Satire" mean?

Definition

(a.) A composition, generally poetical, holding up vice or folly to reprobation; a keen or severe exposure of what in public or private morals deserves rebuke; an invective poem; as, the Satires of Juvenal (a.) Keeness and severity of remark; caustic exposure to reprobation; trenchant wit; sarcasm


Synonyms irony, sarcasm, caustic remark


Example: "Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own--Johathan Swift"


Word Family satires, satiric, satirical, satirically, satirist, satirists