[ sey-ter, sat-er ]
/ ˈseɪ tər, ˈsæt ər /
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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 satyrsa·tyr·ic [suh-tir-ik], /səˈtɪr ɪk/, sa·tyr·i·cal, adjectivesa·tyr·like, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH satyrsatire, satyr
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How to use satyr in a sentence
And here it will be proper to give the definition of the Greek satyric poem from Casaubon, before I leave this subject.
This same satyric drama took over the phallus-bearing choral dancers from the vegetation festival.Elements of Folk Psychology|Wilhelm Wundt
They are either mythological travesties (resembling the satyric drama of Athens) or character comedies.
He was still grinning, but now the grin had become set, satyric, hideous.The Trail Horde|Charles Alden Seltzer
Now they all took shape satyric, like hideous heads thrust out of the dark to loll their tongues at him.The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay|Maurice Hewlett
British Dictionary definitions for satyr
/ (ˈsætə) /
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 satyrsatyric (səˈtɪrɪk) or satyrical, adjectivesatyr-like, adjective
Word Origin for satyr
C14: from Latin satyrus, from Greek saturos
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Cultural definitions for 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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