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[mahr-see-uh s]
noun Classical Mythology.
  1. a satyr who lost in a flute-playing competition with Apollo and was flayed alive as a penalty.
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Historical Examples

  • The preferring of Apollo and his instruments to Marsyas and his instruments is not at all strange, I said.

    The Republic


  • For Socrates produces the same effect with the voice which Marsyas did with the flute.

  • That you are, and a performer far more wonderful than Marsyas.

  • I thought of Marsyas, whom the god flayed because he had dared to rival him in song.

    The Moon and Sixpence

    W. Somerset Maugham

  • And so shall the children of Apollo suffer and share the pain of Marsyas.