Word of The Day for Saturday, June 18, 2011

satyriasis

sa•ty•ri•a•sis (sey-tuh-RAHY-uh-sis, sat-uh-)  n

Definition:
excessive, often uncontrollable sexual desire in and behavior by a man
satyric adjective
Origin:
1650s, medical Latin, from Gk. satyriasis, from satyros

Related:
Synonyms: gynecomania, satyrism, satyromania. Cf. nymphomania
Related Words: satyr

Sentence Examples:
• "If a man wears about his neck a card inscribed with these identical words written in this juice, he will beget a male. Conversely, if a woman, she will conceive a female". Gilbert, however, cautions the bearer of this potent charm of the possible dangers of satyriasis incurred thereby, and offers suitable remedies for so alarming a condition. - Gilbertus Anglicus, Henry Ebenezer Handerson

• "The men most liable to satyriasis," Bouchereau states, "are those with vigorous nervous system, developed muscles, abundant hair on body, dark complexion, and white teeth." - Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Havelock Ellis

• Maniacs are prone to satyriasis and bacchanalian excesses. They commit rape and indecent acts in public and often appropriate strange objects, hair or wearing apparel, with the idea of obtaining means to satisfy their vices, either because they are unconscious of doing wrong or because, like true megalomaniacs, they believe the stolen goods to be their own property. - Criminal Man, Gina Lombroso-Ferrero

Sources: Free Dictionary, Online Etymology

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