satyr

Definitions

  • THE SATYR AND THE TRAVELLER
    THE SATYR AND THE TRAVELLER
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n satyr one of a class of woodland deities; attendant on Bacchus; identified with Roman fauns
    • n satyr man with strong sexual desires
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A Satyr plays Pan pipes A Satyr plays Pan pipes

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Satyr (Class. Myth) A sylvan deity or demigod, represented as part man and part goat, and characterized by riotous merriment and lasciviousness. "Rough Satyrs danced; and Fauns, with cloven heel,
      From the glad sound would not be absent long."
    • Satyr (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.
    • Satyr (Zoöl) The orang-outang.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n satyr 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 satyr A very lecherous or lascivious person; one affected with satyriasis.
    • n satyr In zoology: The orang-utan, Simia satyrus: see Satyrus.
    • n satyr A pheasant of the genus Ceriornis; a tragopan.
    • n satyr An argus-butterfly: same as meadow-brown; any member of the Satyrinæ.
    • n satyr In heraldry, same as manticore.
    • n satyr An obsolete erroneous spelling of satire.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Satyr sat′ėr or sā′tėr a silvan deity, represented as part man and part goat, and extremely wanton: a very lecherous person: a species of butterfly
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. satyrus, Gr. : cf. F. satyre,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. satyrus—Gr. satyros.

Usage

In literature:

With breath reeking of drink, with bloodshot eyes and reeling step, the satyr entered.
"The Mystery of a Turkish Bath" by E.M. Gollan (AKA Rita)
The satyr virus isn't very high on the scale, I agree, but it is life, with no detectable connection to any other form in the Kingdoms.
"The Alembic Plot" by Ann Wilson
Here a laughing satyr was perched on the top of a fountain, spouting water in a silvery arc.
"The 1926 Tatler" by Various
This island was once overrun with satyrs and werwolves!
"Werwolves" by Elliott O'Donnell
The crest with the cock, that with the skull and satyr, and the "Melancholy," are the best you could have, but any will do.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
This is the face of a satyr.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
The centaur and the satyr are no longer grotesque; the type is accepted.
"The Sense of Beauty" by George Santayana
I would have married a satyr if he had been rich enough.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
But the disguised satyr is a menace to the innocent.
"The Orchard of Tears" by Sax Rohmer
A satyr lifts her vest, while Silenus and other figures look on in admiration.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
Satyrs' heads leered instead of windows.
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
It was rather that of a handsome satyr than of an English lad of twenty.
"The Missionary" by George Griffith
Satyrs are mentioned in the Bible, although they never existed outside the superstitious imagination.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
It was as if a satyr had suddenly revealed his lawless soul to her.
"Money Magic" by Hamlin Garland
It was as if mocking, satyr-hoofs had trampled her mind's garden.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
HEAD AND SHOULDERS OF A CHINESE PRIEST, together with the Head of a Satyr.
"Aubrey Beardsley" by Robert Ross
Stay, satyr, stay; you are too light of foot, I cannot reach your paces, prythee, stay.
"A Select Collection of Old English Plays" by Robert Dodsley
Chub and Jack were grinning like satyrs and enjoying hugely his bewilderment.
"The Crimson Sweater" by Ralph Henry Barbour
She said that you were a satyr.
"The New Gulliver and Other Stories" by Barry Pain
Of this period, too, are his "Nymph and Satyr," "Heroic Landscape" (Diana Hunting), both of 1858, and "Sappho" (1859).
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 1" by Various
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In poetry:

So he that sits on flaming wheels,
And rules the sea and thunder,
Caught up the satyr by the heels
And tore his skirts asunder.
"Syrinx" by Henry Kendall
Poet of the happy Tityrus
piping underneath his beechen bowers;
Poet of the poet-satyr
whom the laughing shepherd bound with flowers;
"To Virgil" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
"Crown the strong brute satyr wise!
Narrow-wall his Helot brain;
Dash the soul from breast and eyes,
Lash him toward the earth again.
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
When the flowery hands of spring
Forth their woodland riches fling,
Through the meadows, through the valleys
Goes the satyr carolling.
"The Satyr" by C S Lewis
Wild ass or trotting jackal comes and couches
in the mouldering gates:
Wild satyrs call unto their mates across the
fallen fluted drums.
"The Sphinx" by Oscar Wilde
The lilies float like slender hands
Towards a satyr-trampled brink.
With crowns of oakleaves in their hair
The shouting fauns come down to drink.
"Half Moon" by Robin Hyde

In news:

He sits in a wheelchair, a dapper suit smoothed over his gnarled body, his lips crooked in a faint satyr's leer.
AP photo Publishing director of the satyric weekly Charlie Hebdo, Charb, displays the front page of the newspaper as he poses for photographers in Paris today.
Publishing director of the satyric weekly Charlie Hebdo, Charb, holds the newspaper as he talks to the media in Paris, Wednesday, Sept 19, 2012.
Ancient Greek stater coin featuring satyr breaks $3.2 million sale record.
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