α. 15–17 satyr, 15–17 satyre.
β. 15 (Scottish) 16–17 satir, 15– satire.(Show Less)
a. A poem or (in later use) a novel, film, or other work of art which uses humour, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize prevailing immorality or foolishness, esp. as a form of social or political commentary. Frequently with on, of, against.Originally distinguished from lampoon in being directed at a fault rather than at a person who has that fault, though there is now considerable overlap between the two terms.Horatian, Juvenalian, Menippean, prose satire: see the first element.
b. The genre of literature which consists of satires; satirical writing. Now also in extended use of other art forms.
†c. A satirical utterance; a speech or saying which ridicules and criticizes a person, thing, or quality. Also as a mass noun: satirical speech. Obsolete.
d. Usually with capital initial. Satire personified. In some later quots. perhaps personifying sense 2a.
a. The type of derisive humour or irony that is typical of a satire (cf. sense 1a); mocking wit; sarcasm, esp. as employed against something perceived as foolish or immoral. Also with on.
3. A thing or circumstance which exposes the faults or absurdities of something or someone; a mockery. Chiefly with on, of. Also occasionally as a mass noun.
4. A satirical person, a satirist. Also figurative. Obsolete.Sometimes with punning allusion to, or perhaps confused with, satyr n. 1 (see etymology).
C1. General attributive and other compounds.
satire-proof adj. unable to be satirized; immune to satire.
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