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"The use of humour, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues."
“Satire.” English Oxford Living Dictionary, Oxford English Dictionary, en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/satire.
The Onion is an online newspaper.
Read the "About Us" section of their website carefully. What clues tell you that it's satire and not real news?