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[sey-ter, sat-er]
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  1. 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.
  2. a lascivious man; lecher.
  3. a man who has satyriasis.
  4. 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
Related formssa·tyr·ic [suh-tir-ik] /səˈtɪr ɪk/, sa·tyr·i·cal, adjectivesa·tyr·like, adjective
Can be confusedsatire satyr
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Historical Examples

  • He was still grinning, but now the grin had become set, satyric, hideous.

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    Charles Alden Seltzer

  • And here it will be proper to give the definition of the Greek satyric poem from Casaubon, before I leave this subject.

  • At the same time special pieces for the traditional tragic chorus were retained, and these received the name of satyric dramas.

  • All the rest is obscure, except that we have reason to believe that Chœrilus excelled in the satyric drama.

  • The festival culminated in the production of tragedies, comedies and satyric dramas in the great theatre of Dionysus.

British Dictionary definitions for satyric


  1. 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
  2. a man who has strong sexual desires
  3. a man who has satyriasis
  4. any of various butterflies of the genus Satyrus and related genera, having dark wings often marked with eyespots: family Satyridae
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Derived Formssatyric (səˈtɪrɪk) or satyrical, adjectivesatyr-like, adjective

Word Origin

C14: from Latin satyrus, from Greek saturos
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Word Origin and History for satyric


c.1600, from Latin satyricus, from Greek satyrikos "pertaining to a satyr or satyrs," from satyros (see satyr).

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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.

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satyric in Culture



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.

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