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(also satiric)
  • 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. 1.1(of a person or their behavior) sarcastic, critical, and mocking another's weaknesses.
      ‘his satirical sense of humor’
      • ‘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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/səˈtirək(ə)l/ /səˈtɪrək(ə)l/


Early 16th century from late Latin satiricus (from satira ‘poetic medley’ see satire)+ -al.