- 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
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Satyrical Characters, and handsom Descriptions, in Letters, 8vo.Microcosmography
Yet, in spite of all the distortions and exaggerations and displacements, Sharaku's satyrical faces live.Chats on Japanese Prints
Arthur Davison Ficke
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.Eugene Field, A Study In Heredity And Contradictions
- 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
Word Origin for satyr
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.