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1867 edition of Punch, a ground-breaking British magazine of popular humour, including a great deal of satire of the contemporary, social, and political scene.

Satire is a genre of literature, and sometimes graphic and performing arts, in which vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, corporations, government or society itself, into improvement.{{#invoke:Footnotes|sfn}} Although satire is usually meant to be humorous, its greater purpose is often constructive social criticism, using wit to draw attention to both particular and wider issues in society.

A feature of satire is strong irony or sarcasm—"in satire, irony is militant"Unknown extension tag "ref"—but parody, burlesque, exaggeration,<ref name="Claridge2010p257"/> juxtaposition, comparison, analogy, and double entendre are all frequently used in satirical speech and writing. This "militant" irony or sarcasm often professes to approve of (or at least accept as natural) the very things the satirist wishes to attack.

Satire is nowadays found in many artistic forms of expression, including literature, plays, commentary, television shows, and media such as lyrics.

Satire sections
Intro  Etymology and roots  Satire and humor  Social and psychological functions  Classifications of satire  Development  Techniques  Legal status  Censorship and criticism of satire  Satirical prophecy  See also  Notes  References  Bibliography  Further reading  External links  

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