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


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


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


satire satyr Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for satyrical

  • Satyrical Characters, and handsom Descriptions, in Letters, 8vo.

    Microcosmography|John Earle
  • See 'The New Ministry, containing a collection of all the satyrical poems, songs, &c. 1742.'

    Lord Chatham|Archibald Phillip Primrose Rosebery
  • Yours by Mr. Read was received, in which I find you allude to the "severe and satyrical language" of mine in a former letter.

  • Yet, in spite of all the distortions and exaggerations and displacements, Sharaku's satyrical faces live.

    Chats on Japanese Prints|Arthur Davison Ficke

British Dictionary definitions for satyrical

/ (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 satyr

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

Word Origin for satyr

C14: from Latin satyrus, from Greek saturos
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Cultural definitions for satyrical


[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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