A Word A Day : Satirical

Thursday, 29th November 2007 : Today's Word is ...


( Adjective )

Pronunciation : sa-tír-rik'l

1. using wit, especially irony, sarcasm and ridicule to criticize faults

2. of, pertaining to, containing or characterized by satire

3. exposing human folly to ridicule


Early 16th century - Directly or via French - Latin satira- poetic medley -satire


abusive, bantering, biting, bitter, burlesque, caustic, censorious, chaffing, cutting, cynical, farcical, incisive, ironical, lampooning, mordant, paradoxical, parodying, pungent, ridiculing, sarcastic, sardonic, satiric, spoofing, taunting


factual, historical, accepting, approving, complimentary, praising, flattering, gracious, formal, grave, lugubrious, serious, sober, somber, sincere, considerate, deferential, blunt, gentle, mild

Contextual Example:

• A poem of the satirical kind cannot indeed be put down to any author earlier than Homer, though many such writers probably there were.

• All his novels are satirical by nature.

Related Words :

1. satiric: Adjective

2. satirically: Adverb

3. satirise: Verb

4. satirist: Noun

5. satire: Noun

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