Definition of satirize in English:



  • Deride and criticize by means of satire.

    ‘Aristophanes satirized the lack of respect for the laws’
    • ‘Editorial cartooning is a negative art form: criticizing, satirizing and making fun of authority.’
    • ‘After several years of worrying about how to respond to the war, the motion picture industry even generated a movie satirizing its own anxiety.’
    • ‘The play satirized the nobility and made a commoner - a haircutter, no less - the protagonist.’
    • ‘She teases, criticizes and satirizes American democracy, but she cares so much it's positively palpable.’
    • ‘This acid comedy satirizes the romantic travails of artsy twenty-somethings.’
    • ‘They knew that their society needed to progress, and just to satirize it all the time wasn't going to do that.’
    • ‘Goodman satirizes the naïveté and narcissism of that era's utopianism with enormous wit.’
    • ‘He satirizes a variety of targets and yet none more than himself.’
    • ‘Fatally, however, they crossed over from satirising commentators to criticising player behaviour.’
    • ‘Yes, the film is sporadically funny, and, yes, it satirizes the genre, but I left the movie feeling like I had seen a missed opportunity.’
    • ‘The play tears a strip off beauty pageants, satirizing their supermodel-thin take on what qualifies as beauty.’
    • ‘The English political parties and religious denominations are satirized in the description of the wearers of high heels and low heels, and of the controversy on the question whether eggs should be broken at the big or small end.’
    • ‘He was taken by the idea of lampooning the soaps, but was ultimately more interested in satirizing our celebrity-obsessed culture.’
    • ‘Their actions, inactions, mistakes, goofy procedures and right-wing tendencies are there - just waiting to be satirized.’
    • ‘Those things that the nation once glorified it now derides and satirizes.’
    • ‘We'll talk to the creators of the new outrageous political cartoon that satirizes many of the issues we cover on this broadcast.’
    • ‘The more directly Andersen's tales draw on his own emotional vulnerabilities or satirize his contemporaries, the more powerful they are.’
    • ‘The first version of the play used the story line of a senior official's abduction by a Mafia boss as a prelude to the main plot which satirized politicians and gangsters.’
    • ‘As critically self-reflective as she always is, Rose also satirizes the role of the artist as muse and siren, by presenting herself as both subject and object of desire.’
    • ‘Isaac seems to access a switch for historical replay as he satirizes values, ideas and events of the post-Second World War era.’
    mock, ridicule, hold up to ridicule, deride, make fun of, poke fun at, parody, lampoon, burlesque, caricature, take off, travesty
    criticize, censure, pillory
    send up
    take the mickey out of
    take the piss out of
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