satyr

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

Definition of satyr

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

  2. 2a :  a lecherous manb :  one having satyriasis

  3. 3 :  any of various satyrid butterflies

satyric

play \sā-ˈtir-ik, sə-, sa-\ adjective

Examples of satyr in a sentence

  1. <the legendary conquests of a suburban satyr>

Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of satyr

Middle English, from Latin satyrus, from Greek satyros


First Known Use: 14th century

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SATYR Defined for English Language Learners

satyr

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

Definition of satyr for English Language Learners

  • : 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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