Meaning of satyr


In classical mythology, satyrs were companions to Pan, a fertility god, and Dionysus, the god of wine and ecstasy. As you might guess, satyrs were not known for their mild-mannered ways: Like their patrons, they were excessively fond of women, drink, and song.

In Greek art, the satyr was depicted as a man with the ears and tail of a horse. Roman artists emphasized this creature’s relationship to the goat-god Pan by giving the satyr a goat’s ears, horns, and haunches. In both cases, the satyr’s animal aspect symbolized his immoderate appetites. This noun can also be used metaphorically for a man whose sexual desire is stronger than his sense of decency.

Definitions of satyr
  1. noun

    one of a class of woodland deities; attendant on Bacchus; identified with Roman fauns


    forest god

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    the chief satyr in the service of Bacchus; father of Dionysus; usually depicted as drunk and jolly and riding a donkey
    type of:

    Greek deity

    a deity worshipped by the ancient Greeks

  2. noun

    man with strong sexual desires


    lech, lecher, letch

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    type of:

    degenerate, deviant, deviate, pervert

    a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior

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