Is satire a literary device or figure of speech ?


No description is given. It is clear from my question


Let us first differentiate between these two categories:

  • A figure of speech is a specific term and it uses words or language that goes beyond its literal interpretation, like simile, metaphor, hyperbole.
  • A literary device is a linguistic or literary technique that creates a specific effect. It is more general term, which includes a figure of speech, plot mechanism and narrative style, etc.

So, according to above mentioned description, satire fits very well in the first category, a figure of speech.