[ noun ] witty language used to convey insults or scorn


"he used sarcasm to upset his opponent" "irony is wasted on the stupid" "Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own"--Johathan Swift

Used in print

(Chicago Daily Tribune...)

More_than a beautiful visualization of the illustrious adventures and escapades of the tragi-comic knight-errant and his squire , Sancho_Panza , in seventeenth century Spain , this inevitably abbreviated rendering of the classic satire on chivalry is an affectingly warm and human exposition of character .

(James Thurber, "The Future, If Any, of Comedy,"...)

In them , there is usually a group of Anglo-Americans with tragicomic problems , worthy of being explored either in the novel or in the play or in comedy and satire '' .

`` The political and intellectual Left began fighting humor and comedy years ago , because they fear things they do not understand and cannot manage , such_as satire and irony , such_as humor and comedy .

There is a bitter satire for a future writer in that '' .

`` Great satire has always been clearly written and readily understandable '' , I said .