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Definition of Satire

Satire

  1. A composition, generally poetical, holding up vice or folly to reprobation; a keen or severe exposure of what in public or private morals deserves rebuke; an invective poem; as, the Satires of Juvenal.
  2. Keeness and severity of remark; caustic exposure to reprobation; trenchant wit; sarcasm.

Satire Quotations

I try and write satire that's well-intentioned. But those intentions have to be hidden. It can't be completely clear, and that's what makes it comedy.
Bo Burnham

The purpose of satire has been rightly stated as to strip off the veneer of comforting illusion and cosy half truth, and our job, as I see it, is to put it back again!
Michael Flanders

It is hard for power to enjoy or incorporate humour and satire in its system of control.
Dario Fo

All satire is blind to the forces liberated by decay. Which is why total decay has absorbed the forces of satire.
Theodor Adorno

Satire of satire tends to be self-canceling, and deliberate shock tactics soon lose their ability to shock, especially when they're too deliberate.
Herb Caen
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Satire Translations

satire in German is Satire, Spottschrift
satire in Latin is satura
satire in Swedish is satir
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