A nymphomaniac is the word which signifies a woman with uncontrolled sexual desires. What is the best word to describe a man who demonstrates similar characteristics?


Satyriasis (also satyromania) is the corresponding condition to nymphomania in men.

It is derived from the Satyrs who in Greek mythology were drunken hyper-sexual goat-man creatures who were attendant upon Dionysus.

This same condition is often called Don Juanism, too. Named for the classic literary character Don Juan, famous for his conquests with women.

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    Also called satyromania. So they can be called satyromaniac. – 0.. Mar 7 '14 at 4:39
  • @ermanen That is true. – David M Mar 7 '14 at 4:39
  • thefreedictionary.com/satyromania – Kris Mar 7 '14 at 6:33
  • I'm pretty sure that "horny" came from the "Satyr"'s goat horns. – Kristina Lopez Mar 7 '14 at 15:20
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    So what would be opposite (sex) of nympho? Satyro? – Santosh Kumar Jul 10 '17 at 1:26

Wikipedia uses "hypersexuality":

hypersexuality"Man-crazy", "Nympho", "Nymphomaniac" and "Sexual Dependency" redirects to hypersexuality. Hypersexuality is extremely frequent or suddenly increased sexual urges or sexual activity.

The appropriate form would then be "hypersexual".

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    I believe that is a general term for anyone, despite the gender, is sexually hyperactive. – logeeks Mar 7 '14 at 4:29
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    But it is still the best term to call a man who is hypersexual. Why insist on a gendered term when the non sexist term is better? – Bradd Szonye Mar 7 '14 at 7:21
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    @BraddSzonye because of the OPs framing of the question. They wanted a counterpoint not a catch-all. I assume they want the inherent pejorative connotation as well. Calling someone hypersexual isn't as insulting as nymphomaniac. – David M Mar 7 '14 at 12:34
  • @david I know – I'm deliberately questioning the OP's premises, and asking him to question whether he really wants the sexism that the gendered versions of these words imply. – Bradd Szonye Mar 7 '14 at 20:56
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    @BraddSzonye That seems reasonable. There is a use for such terms, though. Hyper-sexual is not something to call your daughter-in-law when you're trying to convince your son she's been doing the gardner behind his back. And, vice-versa. You would want a pejorative in those cases. – David M Mar 7 '14 at 21:08

Casanova, the type of man that lusts after every beautiful girl or woman.

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    Let's respect the original answer. Tawdry comments and other solutions should be posted in a separate answer. See edit history. – Mari-Lou A Oct 29 '17 at 20:14
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    @J.Taylor That was not an edit worth accepting. – NVZ Oct 29 '17 at 20:41
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    The edit history is discouraging. So many people reverted to six-year-olds on this one. But why did Community approve those awful edits? Could it be that artificial intelligence has a way to go? – ab2 Oct 29 '17 at 21:47
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    @ab2 In both cases, a reviewer decided to "improve edit", which makes Community approve the edit. The reviewer's edit is the one right after the one "Community" approved. – Laurel Oct 29 '17 at 22:11

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