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[sey-ter, sat-er] /ˈseɪ tər, ˈsæt ər/
Classical Mythology. one of a class of woodland deities, attendant on Bacchus, represented as part human, part horse, and sometimes part goat and noted for riotousness and lasciviousness.
a lascivious man; lecher.
a man who has satyriasis.
Also, satyrid
[sey-ter-id, sat-er-, suh-tahy-rid] /ˈseɪ tər ɪd, ˈsæt ər-, səˈtaɪ rɪd/ (Show IPA)
. Also called satyr butterfly. any of several butterflies of the family Satyridae, having gray or brown wings marked with eyespots.
Origin of satyr
1325-75; Middle English < Latin satyrus < Greek sátyros
Related forms
[suh-tir-ik] /səˈtɪr ɪk/ (Show IPA),
satyrical, adjective
satyrlike, adjective
Can be confused
satire, satyr. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for satyr
Historical Examples
  • As for that precocious damsel, she would run no least risk of destruction by the satyr.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • The savage and the satyr might have beheld, and been awed into reverence.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • He is the most wonderful of human beings, and absolutely unlike anyone but a satyr.

    Symposium Plato
  • You yourself will not deny, Socrates, that your face is like that of a satyr.

    Symposium Plato
  • And this is what I and many others have suffered from the flute-playing of this satyr.

    Symposium Plato
  • He painted the figure of a satyr, and beside it, as a trifle, he inserted a partridge.

  • You will not deny this, Socrates, that your face is like that of a satyr.

  • When the satyr again inquired the reason, he said that he did it to cool the meat, which was too hot.

  • When the satyr asked the reason for this, he told him that he did it to warm his hands because they were so cold.

  • I found Penelope in the yew-walk, leaning against the statue of a satyr.

British Dictionary definitions for satyr


(Greek myth) one of a class of sylvan deities, represented as goatlike men who drank and danced in the train of Dionysus and chased the nymphs
a man who has strong sexual desires
a man who has satyriasis
any of various butterflies of the genus Satyrus and related genera, having dark wings often marked with eyespots: family Satyridae
Derived Forms
satyric (səˈtɪrɪk), satyrical, adjective
satyr-like, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin satyrus, from Greek saturos
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Word Origin and History for satyr

woodland deity, companion of Bacchus, late 14c., from Latin satyrus, from Greek satyros, of unknown origin. In pre-Roman Greek art, a man-like being with the tail and ears of a horse; the modern conception of a being part man, part goat is from Roman sculptors, who seem to have assimilated them to the fauns of native mythology. In some English bibles used curiously to translate Hebrew se'irim, a type of hairy monster superstitiously believed to inhabit deserts.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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satyr in Culture
satyr [(say-tuhr)]

[Roman name faun]

A creature in classical mythology who was part man and part goat. Satyrs were famous for being constantly drunk and for chasing nymphs. They were companions of Dionysus.

Note: By extension, a “satyr” is a lecherous male.
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