Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

  • Word of the Day
    shyster

    shaI st@r

    noun
    a person, usu. a lawyer, who uses underhanded, unethical methods.
    That shyster accepted her fee for his services but did almost nothing for her.

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  • Vocabulary of the Day
    naysayer

    neI seI @r

    noun
    a person who refuses, denies, or opposes, esp. because of cynicism or pessimism.
    They went ahead with their ambitious plan despite the arguments of the naysayers.

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May
06
2014

satire

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

sae taIr
noun

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.