Definition for SAT'IRE

SAT'IRE, n. [Fr. satire; Sp. and L. satira; so named from sharpness, pungency. See Satyriasis.]

  1. A discourse or poem in which wickedness or folly is exposed with severity. It differs from lampoon and pasquinade, in being general rather than personal. – Johnson.
  2. Severity of remark. It differs from sarcasm, in not expressing contempt or scorn.

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