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.