What does the word satire mean?

Usage examples for satire

  1. " At all events," retorted Carlyle, writhing a little under this good- humoured satire, although it was easy enough to see in it Carrados's affectionate intention-" at all events, I dare say I can give as good a description of Parkinson as he can give of me." – Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah
  2. " Like Captain Rolph," said Alleyne, with a smile, half reproach, half satire. – The Star-Gazers by George Manville Fenn
  3. On the rare occasions on which he had been knocked down in the past, it had been Bugs Butler's canny practice to pause for a while and rest before rising and continuing the argument, but now he was up almost before he had touched the boards, and the satire of the second wise guy, who had begun to saw the air with his hand and count loudly, lost its point. – The Adventures of Sally by P. G. Wodehouse