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  • Gentle Satire
    Gentle Satire
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v satirize ridicule with satire "The writer satirized the politician's proposal"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Satirize To make the object of satire; to attack with satire; to censure with keenness or severe sarcasm. "It is as hard to satirize well a man of distinguished vices, as to praise well a man of distinguished virtues."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • satirize To assail with satire; make the object of satire or censure; expose to censure or ridicule with sarcastic wit. Also spelled satirise.
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  • Crand Briton
    Crand Briton
    “Satire is often the reflection of a kind of moral nausea.”
  • Alexander Pope
    “Praise undeserved, is satire in disguise.”
  • Lenny Bruce
    “Satire is tragedy plus time. You give it enough time, the public, the reviewers will allow you to satirize it. Which is rather ridiculous, when you think about it.”
  • Lord Byron
    “Fools are my theme, let satire be my song.”
  • Frank Moore Colby
    “By rights, satire is a lonely and introspective occupation, for nobody can describe a fool to the life without much patient self-inspection.”
  • (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    “It is difficult not to write satire.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. satiriser,


In literature:

And yet, despite all this, these people produce no satire.
"Varied Types" by G. K. Chesterton
It is meant to be a satire, and to play it well is to play it badly.
"Reviews" by Oscar Wilde
Here it only concerns us in its connection with the psychology of the people it interprets in satire.
"George Du Maurier, the Satirist of the Victorians" by T. Martin Wood
These are mostly satires, and evidently bear the stamp of a thorough knowledge of the classics.
"Historical View of the Languages and Literature of the Slavic Nations" by Therese Albertine Louise von Jacob Robinson
Such satire as yours, however well intended, could advance no honest cause.
"A Handbook to the Works of Browning (6th ed.)" by Mrs. Sutherland Orr
He did not satirize in the least.
"The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him" by Paul Leicester Ford
Their praises were desired, their satire feared, by the greatest heroes and kings.
"Ten Great Religions" by James Freeman Clarke
Take note, ye men of satire and spleen.
"Twelve Men" by Theodore Dreiser
Moore's satires were, unquestionably, the best weapons against such fanaticism.
"An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800" by Mary Frances Cusack
Certain moralists, without meaning to be satirical, often say that the sovereign cure for unhappiness is work.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
Diderot found it to be a bitter satire upon his own person and writings.
"Diderot and the Encyclopaedists (Vol 1 of 2)" by John Morley
Mr. Dickens had plenty of objects besides his future self at which to aim his satirical shot.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 4, No. 23, September, 1859" by Various
Satires of Juvenal illustrated with Notes, Oxon.
"The Lives of the Poets of Great Britain and Ireland (1753)" by Theophilus Cibber
The earlier poems of Adam are of a sentimental character, the later ones satirical and somewhat ill-tempered.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 2" by Various
Follies and fashions have been criticised with satire, but never with spleen.
"Oscar Wilde" by Leonard Cresswell Ingleby
During his youth he studied at a college in Pavia, but was expelled for giving free vent to his literary propensities in satire.
"The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi; Volume the first" by Count Carlo Gozzi
Roman Satire, like the rest of Roman literature, looks back to the Greek world.
"The Oxford Book of Latin Verse" by Various
This piece of unwonted satire launched, and Giles not visibly blasted, she sat down quietly and cried.
"The Cloister and the Hearth" by Charles Reade
This was the consequence of exalting satire as the test of truth; while truth ought to have been enthroned the test of satire.
"The Life of Daniel De Foe" by George Chalmers
They resemble Juvenal, or the satiric touches in Timon of Athens.
"The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb" by Charles Lamb

In poetry:

Satire may lift his bearded lance,
Forestalling Time's slow-moving scythe,
And, scattered on thy little field,
Disjointed bards may writhe.
"To A Blank Sheet Of Paper" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
From me, not famed for much goodnature,
Expect not compliment, but satire;
To draw your picture quite unable,
Instead of fact accept a Fable.
"To A Young Lady" by John Trumbull
The wit who deals his darts around,
At satire's altar kneeling;
From whose assaults his dearest friend,
Not pure affection may defend,
Denies the power of feeling.
"A Fragment" by Elizabeth Bath
All the holidays long chant some heavenly song,
Mere sing-song, or satire, ne'er mind;
But trust in the Lord, and in his holy word,
From whom you sure pardon shall find.
"Another Invitation, Or Exhortation To Worship Christ Jesus" by Rees Prichard
Renown'd for lyric and satiric lay,
A two-fold poet, I
Shall on strong wing be upward borne
Above the liquid sky;
No more shall earth my spirit bind—
To heav'n I'll soar, and envy leave behind.
"From Horace: Book II:Ode II" by Peter John Allan
Father, mother, sister, brother -
Memories clear as evening bells; Yes, the very sort of thing
All your clever little scribblers Love to satirize and sting, So let's talk of something else.
He collected stamps, you know, Commonplace Old Squirrel.
"The Escape of the Old Grey Squirrel" by Alfred Noyes

In news:

New book is political satire by Montreal editorial cartoonist Dave Rosen.
Satire for the Common Good .
We've recently had a discussion about whether satire can be helpful to deliberation.
Mockumentary techniques, a 'what if' historical approach and ferocious satire come together in the film by Kevin Willmott.
As the decades pass, critical satire of modern materialism is an idea worth updating.
Kim Jong Il Might Be Gone, But the Satire Will Live Forever.
In a new puppet show satire of Russia's presidential election, the only competition is in the mind of Vladimir Putin, as he fights the loss of his penis.
This is a satirical piece, not "real news.".
The characters have too many eccentricities, the plot too many twists, the satiric barbs too many targets.
Then again, how else do you satirize low camp.
'God Bless America' review: Subtlety isn't satire's strong suit .
'God Bless America' review: Subtlety isn't satire's strong suit.
Page-to-Stage closes, plus Echo Theatre's twisty 'The Turn of the Screw' and the updated satire of 'Forbidden Broadway.
His satire of Son of Frankenstein, as spoof or simply as comedy, is one of the funniest movies ever made.
The bill is real, but it is satirical, meant to highlight women's rights, Neal said.