satyr

noun
sa·tyr | \ ˈsā-tər , chiefly British ˈsa- \

Definition of satyr 

1 often capitalized : a sylvan deity in Greek mythology having certain characteristics of a horse or goat and fond of Dionysian revelry

2a : a lecherous man

b : one having satyriasis

3 : any of various satyrid butterflies

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Other words from satyr

satyric \sā-ˈtir-ik, sə-, sa- \ adjective

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Satyrs, the minor forest gods of Greek mythology, had the face, torso, and arms of a man, the ears and tail of a goat, and two goatlike legs. Fond of the pleasures associated with Dionysus (or Bacchus), the god of wine, they were full of playful and sometimes violent energies, and spent much of their time chasing the beautiful nature spirits known as nymphs. Satyrs show up over and over in ancient art. The Greek god Pan, with his reed pipes and mischievous delight in life, had the appearance and character of a satyr but greater powers. Notice how satyr is pronounced; it's quite different from satire.

Examples of satyr in a Sentence

the legendary conquests of a suburban satyr

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And that the mythological character Orchis, the son of a satyr and a nymph, was turned into a flower after his death. Lawrence Osborne, Town & Country, "The Hidden Power of Orchids," 14 Apr. 2017 Others are scattered apparently randomly: an Athena here, a horse or a satyr there, among bulls’ heads, griffins, sphinxes, garden urns or busts of 5th-century B.C. Athenian philosopher Socrates and the 19th-century Greek poet Dionysios Solomos. Washington Post, "Greek terracotta workshop produces an army of gods," 23 Dec. 2017 The natural world and its palliative force is further evoked by a lime-green velvet Gio Ponti chair that vaguely resembles a pea pod, and a black velvet Mark Brazier-Jones chaise longue with silver steel satyr feet. Amanda Fortini, New York Times, "A Paris Boudoir Where Everything’s Meant to Be Touched," 12 Oct. 2017 Both vases sported the same depictions of a satyr pulling the Greek god of wine, Dionysis, in a cart. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "Meet the Art World’s Antiquities Sleuth," 2 Aug. 2017 But the Saint Francis satyr (Neonympha mitchellii francisci) suffers from too few beavers, which create ponds that in turn create meadow habitat for Saint Francis satyr larvae. National Geographic, "It's a Good Year for Monarchs, But More Butterflies Are On the Brink," 14 Mar. 2016 But the Saint Francis satyr (Neonympha mitchellii francisci) suffers from too few beavers, which create ponds that in turn create meadow habitat for Saint Francis satyr larvae. National Geographic, "It's a Good Year for Monarchs, But More Butterflies Are On the Brink," 14 Mar. 2016 Something about the carvings was familiar — there was a drunken Dionysus leaning on a satyr, carved lion heads and depictions of Hercules and Ariadne merrymaking at a party. Christine Hauser, New York Times, "A Roman Sarcophagus Is Rescued from Humble Duty as a Flower Pot," 9 Mar. 2017 From the Latin root monstrum, a divine messenger of catastrophe, then adapted by the Old French to mean an animal of myriad origins: centaur, griffin, satyr. Ocean Vuong, The New Yorker, "A Letter to My Mother That She Will Never Read," 13 May 2017

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First Known Use of satyr

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for satyr

Middle English, from Latin satyrus, from Greek satyros

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satyr

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English Language Learners Definition of satyr

: one of the forest gods in Greek mythology who have faces and bodies like men and ears, legs, and tails like goats

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