1: a literary or dramatic work that ridicules or derides human vice or foolishness, usu. through the use of parody or irony.
The play is a satire that lampoons upper-class mores.
2: the literary genre that comprises such works.
Swift’s essay “A Modest Proposal” is considered an exemplary work of satire.
3: the use of irony or parody to ridicule or denounce human corruption or folly.
My father found the show offensive, until I explained to him that it was satire.