Meaning of satirical in English:


Pronunciation /səˈtɪrɪkl/

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  • 1Containing or using satire.

    ‘a New York-based satirical magazine’
    • ‘I occasionally write for a satirical youth magazine based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.’
    • ‘His first job was for a satirical magazine in Tokyo.’
    • ‘Two of these cartoons, from the pages of the satirical London magazine Punch, are reproduced here.’
    • ‘The novel is 130 pages of dialogue, savagely satirical and lively, with lines that would not disgrace a top-flight sitcom.’
    • ‘These albums tend to involve a fully ironic approach, as opposed to one that is merely satirical or parodic.’
    • ‘While satirical and amusing, the film appears to suffer a lack of energy, which would give it a much, needed edge.’
    • ‘I'm thinking of becoming a book reviewer or a satirical writer, or maybe a sociological analyst or an entertainment specialist.’
    • ‘Moore's satirical documentaries have progressively taken on stories with larger scope and greater importance to the world.’
    • ‘The Victorian charm remains strong in this novel of misadventure, and seems even more satirical in the context of today's society.’
    • ‘I wouldn't say that they were classically satirical in their approach.’
    • ‘Hailed as a prodigy in the US, critics have frothed over her ability to switch from elegant jazz to rap to complex satirical songs worthy of Sondheim.’
    • ‘Not all readers of Tokyo Weekender will be aware of the existence of a satirical British fortnightly called Private Eye.’
    • ‘But maybe the worlds of contemporary classical music and savagely satirical musicals aren't as far apart as they seem.’
    • ‘I would have thought they wouldn't have realised the satirical subtext of the book.’
    • ‘The most powerful performance poets blend personal experience with political rhetoric, creating polemics that often have a bitingly satirical edge.’
    • ‘It's true that this movie is bitingly satirical, and that stands as one of its better qualities.’
    • ‘It's a sharp satirical jab at the world of consumer-obsolescence - and a crackingly entertaining story, too.’
    • ‘There's nothing even vaguely satirical or ironic about this story.’
    • ‘A sense of seething danger underlies this satirical Absurdist piece.’
    • ‘As these lines make clear, the poem is a bitingly satirical attack on those who profess to respect the Ten Commandments, but in fact betray their spirit at every point.’
    1. 1.1Sarcastic, critical, and mocking another's weaknesses.
      ‘his satirical sense of humour’
      • ‘At times of extreme national, local and individual trauma, when is it acceptable to be cynical, critical or satirical again?’
      • ‘While often sarcastic and satirical, Hendrie sounded very serious about this offer.’
      • ‘They soon acquired a satirical and disrespectful tone which made the authorities uneasy.’
      • ‘I bit my bottom lip holding back from being equally as satirical back.’
      mocking, ironic, ironical, satiric, sarcastic, sardonic, scornful, derisive, ridiculing, taunting
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Early 16th century from late Latin satiricus (from satira ‘poetic medley’ see satire)+ -al.