A composition, generally poetical, holding up vice or folly to reprobation; a keen or severe exposure of what in public or private morals deserves rebuke; an invective poem; as, the Satires of Juvenal.
- A literary work in which human vice or folly is attacked through irony, derision, or wit.
- The branch of literature constituting such works. See Synonyms at caricature.
- Irony, sarcasm, or caustic wit used to attack or expose folly, vice, or stupidity.