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.

Origin of satyr

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

Related forms

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

Can be confused

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

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

Word Origin for satyr

C14: from Latin satyrus, from Greek saturos
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Culture 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.

Note

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