Satire – humorous criticism
Satire is the use of ridicule, exaggeration, mockery and humour to expose and criticise what writers, comedians and other performers see as the vices, follies and shortcomings of other people – particularly politicians and others in the public eye.
Well known examples of satire include the book Animal Farm, by George Orwell, which reflects the actions and policies of the leaders of the Russian revolution and the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union; and the current affairs TV show Have I Got News For You.
She sat on the tyre (satire) that had fallen off her car and started a tirade of criticism.
It is said that political satire in a given society reflects the tolerance of civil liberties and human rights. Under totalitarian regimes satire would be suppressed.
Examples of satire
You have all the characteristics of a popular politician: a horrible voice, foul breeding and a vulgar name. (Aristophanes, 424 BC).
All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others. (George Orwell, Animal Farm).