American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Greek Mythology A woodland creature depicted as having the pointed ears, legs, and short horns of a goat and a fondness for unrestrained revelry.
- n. A licentious man; a lecher.
- n. A man who is affected by satyriasis.
- n. Any of various butterflies of the family Satyridae, having brown wings marked with eyelike spots.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In classical mythology, a sylvan deity, representing the luxuriant forces of Nature, and closely connected with the worship of Bacchus. Satyrs are represented with a somewhat bestial cast of countenance, often with small horns upon the forehead, and a tail like that of a horse or a goat, and they frequently hold a thyrsus or wine-cup. Late Roman writers confused the satyrs with their own fauns, and gave them the lower half of the body of a goat. Satyrs were common attendants on Bacchus, and were distinguished for lasciviousness and riot. In the authorized version of the Old Testament (Isa. xiii. 21; xxxiv. 14) the name is given to a demon believed to live in uninhabited places and popularly supposed to have the appearance of a he-goat (whence the name). The Hebrew word sā′ îr, plural se′ îr îm, so translated in these passages, means ‘shaggy’ as an adjective, and ‘he-goat’ as a noun. From the idolatrous worship of goats, the name came to be applied to demons. In Lev. xvii. 7 and 2 Chron. xi. 15 it is translated ‘devil.’
- n. A very lecherous or lascivious person; one affected with satyriasis.
- n. In zoology: The orang-utan, Simia satyrus: see Satyrus.
- n. A pheasant of the genus Ceriornis; a tragopan.
- n. An argus-butterfly: same as meadow-brown; any member of the Satyrinæ.
- n. In heraldry, same as manticore.
- n. An obsolete erroneous spelling of satire.
- n. Greek mythology A male companion of Pan or Dionysus with the tail of a horse and a perpetual erection.
- n. Roman mythology A faun.
- n. A lecherous man.
- n. Any of various butterflies of the family Satyridae, having brown wings marked with eyelike spots; a meadow brown.
- n. obsolete The orangutan.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Class. Myth.) A sylvan deity or demigod, represented as part man and part goat, and characterized by riotous merriment and lasciviousness.
- n. (Zoöl.) Any one of many species of butterflies belonging to the family
Nymphalidæ. Their colors are commonly brown and gray, often with ocelli on the wings. Called also meadow browns.
- n. (Zoöl.) The orang-outang.
- n. man with strong sexual desires
- n. one of a class of woodland deities; attendant on Bacchus; identified with Roman fauns
- From French satyre, from Latin satyrus, from Ancient Greek σάτυρος (saturos), from Hebrew שָׂעִיר (śaʿîr). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English satire, from Old French, from Latin satyrus, from Greek saturos. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“His eyes, under massively arched brows, were wide apart and black with the blackness that is barbaric, while before them was perpetually falling down a great black mop of hair through which he gazed like a roguish satyr from a thicket.”
“Yes, Drew, our modern idea of the satyr is the Greek image conflated with the Italic deity of Faunus, who had the horns and goat legs.”
“The man was quite right, and the satyr was a fool.”
“He had smiled grimly on being described as a satyr!”
“I therefore, as I could not be accused of an outrage to modesty, permitted myself to maintain what might be invidiously termed a satyr-like watch from behind a forward flinging willow, whose business in life was to look at its image in a brown depth, branches, trunk, and roots.”
“The cook wanted to chase him out with a meat cleaver, but steward held him back saying that the satyr was a guest of the king.”
“The satyr is the god of the party, of letting go and letting flow.”
“It's called the satyr plague, which should give you some idea of its nature. ”
“Pliny philosophically explains (vi. 35) the irregularities of nature, which he had credulously admitted, (v. 8.)] [Footnote 128: If the satyr was the Orang-outang, the great human ape,”
“Pliny philosophically explains (vi. 35) the irregularities of nature, which he had credulously admitted, (v. 8.)] 128 If the satyr was the”
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