from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Excessive, often uncontrollable sexual desire in and behavior by a man.

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  • n. Uncontrollable sexual desire, found in a man (contrast to nymphomania)
  • n. The quality of excessive sexual passion in a male

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Immoderate venereal appetite in the male.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A diseased and unrestrainable venereal appetite in men, corresponding to nymphomania in women.
  • n. In pathology, lepra.

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  • n. abnormally intense sexual desire in men


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Late Latin satyriāsis, from Greek saturiāsis, from saturos, satyr.

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Late Latin satyriasis, from Ancient Greek σατυρίασις.


  • There is a form of excessive libido in men called satyriasis, which reaches such a degree that the men are often not able to control their desires, and they will satisfy their passion even if they know that the result is sure to be a venereal infection or several years in prison.

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  • In "satyriasis," with its connotation of pathology, he has found his true tone, which he extends in denouncing among homosexuals "a dreary sexual conformism ... rigidly defined and routinized sex moves in the theatrical costume of police or ranch wear [sic]."

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  • I also liked this piece in the LA Times -- "DSK and France's code of silence" -- about how there must be a happy medium between "the French embrace of satyriasis among political leaders and Americans' puritanical intolerance of sexual impropriety..."

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  • A tsunami of books and articles and documentaries now appeared on the subject of the president's satyriasis.

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  • Terminology "Nymphomania" and "satyriasis" are not listed as disorders in the DSM-IV, though they remain a part of ICD-10, each listed as a subtype of "Hypersexuality."

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  • In particular, it is not related to hypersexuality, sometimes known as nymphomania or satyriasis.

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  • Hieronymus Mercurialis, in his chapter of melancholy, cites it for an especial cause of this malady, [1482] priapismus, satyriasis, &c. Haliabbas, 5.

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  • There the sexual excitement increased to a veritable satyriasis, which lasted until he died.

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  • I had my satyriasis strap-on, my P.A.G.A.N.-brand goat leggings, and "Free Kevin Federline" t-shirt all ready to go, too.

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  • “Everyone knows that town gentlemen often suffer from satyriasis.”

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  • (noun) - An irresistible desire in man to have frequent connexion with females, accompanied by the power of doing so without exhaustion . . . The principal symptoms are: almost constant erection, irresistible and almost insatiable desire for venery, frequent nocturnal pollutions. Cold lotions, the cold bath, a mild diet, active exercise, &c. are the only means that can be adopted for its removal. This medical term is still heard in Britain.

    --Robley Dunglison's Dictionary of Medical Science, 1844

    January 16, 2018