Definition of satire noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈsætaɪə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsætaɪər//
[uncountable, countable] Linguistic devices
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a way of criticizing a person, an idea or an institution in which you use humour to show their faults or weaknesses; a piece of writing that uses this type of criticism political/social satire a work full of savage/biting satire The novel is a stinging satire on American politics. See related entries: Linguistic devices Word Originearly 16th cent.: from French, or from Latin satira, later form of satura ‘poetic medley’.Extra examples The movie is a brilliant satire on Hollywood. the recent boom in political satire There is a strong tradition of political satire in this country.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: satire