Satiric (Adj.)

Definition: Generally referring to a literary work/composition, a satiric text contains a style of writing which prevalently features, as the word itself implies, satire, which is characterized by the use of irony and/or sarcasm. Satiric works often serve to expose or denounce vice and folly. In fact, satiric writing commonly contain an exaggerated tone, using hyperbolic ridicule to mock the faults of human nature.

Ex. 1: “I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: Oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it."

- Voltaire, Letter to Étienne Noël Damilaville, May 16, 1767

Ex. 2: (She’s mocking his gullibility)