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satire

The noun "satire" can be both countable and uncountable.

satire → uncountable

Meaning: humour used to criticize someone or something

Example sentence: The writer uses satire to make fun of politics and to make politicians look stupid, ignorant or crazy.

satire → countable

Meaning: a movie, book, play, etc. that uses satirical humour

Example sentence: The book is a biting satire on those who believe the world would be safer if most of us carried guns.

Quick Quiz:

In which sentence is the word "satire" uncountable?

a. One of the best satires ever made was Charlie Chaplin's film The Great Dictator.

b. Chaplin used satire to make fascist leaders like Adolf Hitler look ridiculous.

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Contributor: Matt Errey