sa·​tyr | \ ˈsā-tər How to pronounce satyr (audio) , 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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satyric \ sā-​ˈtir-​ik How to pronounce satyr (audio) , 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
Recent Examples on the Web Like the decking of the satyr’s ship, the wool then rotted away, leaving a cast of its fibres on the coin. The Economist, "Buried metal artefacts gather stories on their surfaces," 4 July 2019 Once the plot requires Percy to go on a picaresque quest to retrieve the titular lightning bolt, with Annabeth and a satyr named Grover (Jorrel Javier) in tow, the storytelling and songwriting become hectic and monotonous. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Lightning Thief,’ a Far Cry From Olympus," 16 Oct. 2019 The painting, completed in the 1960s, is of a long-necked satyr-like woman, with spiral breasts and an aristocratic arm draped elegantly on a ledge, her fingers long and slim, like those of Carrington herself. The Economist, "Leonora Carrington Searching for Britain’s most important surrealist," 18 Dec. 2019 Made of amethyst, bone, faience, glass, turquoise, and umber, and including phallic amulets, scarabs, a woman, a dancing satyr, and a head of Dionysus, they are thought to be the treasure box of a sorceress. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 28 Oct. 2019 Alabama is hiding what might be the largest population of Mitchell's satyr butterflies in the world. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Colonies of Rare Butterfly Discovered in Alabama by Chance," 25 Oct. 2019 The alien close-up parade intoxicates: cackling horns, a goatfur satyr nuzzling some gatorface, the impossibly cute little mouseman squeaking out a booze request. Darren Franich,, "Star Wars rewatch: A New Hope lets the old things die," 23 Oct. 2019 Javier provides dual amusement as the insecure satyr and licentious Mr. D., while Steele brings a palpable warmth to her turn as the loving mom. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical': Theater Review," 17 Oct. 2019 The other exemplary work is a large bronze figure of an elderly drunken satyr sprawled atop a lion pelt and wineskin strewn across a rock. Christopher Knight,, "Review: Getty Villa’s ‘Buried by Vesuvius’ is exquisite and, at times, explicit," 3 July 2019

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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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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