(1667-1745) an Irish writer whose best-known book is Gulliver's Travels but who also wrote many other satirical stories and clever articles, in which he used humour to criticize institutions such as the universities, the legal profession, and the political parties. He was also a priest in the Church of England, and became Dean (=a high-ranking priest) of St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin. Because of this, he is sometimes called "Dean Swift".
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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