- A literary work in which human vice or folly is attacked through irony, derision, or wit. (noun)
- The branch of literature constituting such works. See Synonyms at caricature. (noun)
- Irony, sarcasm, or caustic wit used to attack or expose folly, vice, or stupidity. (noun)
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