satyr

[ sey-ter, sat-er ]
/ ˈseɪ tər, ˈsæt ər /

noun

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 sa·tyr·id [sey-ter-id, sat-er-, suh-tahy-rid] /ˈseɪ tər ɪd, ˈsæt ər-, səˈtaɪ rɪd/. Also called satyr butterfly. any of several butterflies of the family Satyridae, having gray or brown wings marked with eyespots.

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Origin of satyr

1325–75; Middle English < Latin satyrus < Greek sátyros

OTHER WORDS FROM satyr

sa·tyr·ic [suh-tir-ik] /səˈtɪr ɪk/, sa·tyr·i·cal, adjectivesa·tyr·like, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH satyr

satire satyr
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British Dictionary definitions for satyric

satyr
/ (ˈsætə) /

noun

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 of satyr

satyric (səˈtɪrɪk) or satyrical, adjectivesatyr-like, adjective

Word Origin for satyr

C14: from Latin satyrus, from Greek saturos
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Cultural definitions for satyric

satyr

[Roman name faun]

[ (say-tuhr) ]

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.

notes for satyr

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