satire

Satire \Sat"ire\ (?; in Eng. often ?; 277), n. [L. satira, satura, fr. satura (sc. lanx) a dish filled with various kinds of fruits, food composed of various ingredients, a mixture, a medley, fr. satur full of food, sated, fr. sat, satis, enough: cf. F. satire. See {Sate}, {Sad}, a., and cf. {Saturate}.] 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. [1913 Webster] 2. Keeness and severity of remark; caustic exposure to reprobation; trenchant wit; sarcasm. [1913 Webster] Syn: Lampoon; sarcasm; irony; ridicule; pasquinade; burlesque; wit; humor. [1913 Webster]