- to inspire or possess with a foolish or unreasoning passion, as of love.
- to affect with folly; make foolish or fatuous.
- a person who is infatuated.
Origin of infatuate
Examples from the Web for infatuating
The latter is infatuating as it increases the risk and yet turns to profit.
As he looked upward it deepened, spread and quivered about his mouth, that subtle and infatuating smile.Fashion and Famine
Ann S. Stephens
Undo thine arms and let me see the sky, By this infatuating flame obscured.The Unknown Eros
His address was infatuating: but there was a certain airiness, indicative of vanity, that revealed his great characteristic.Campaigns of a Non-Combatant,
George Alfred Townsend
I'm rather inclined to hate this woman who will end by infatuating you, for of course that would be the last I'd ever see of you.Black Oxen
Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
- to inspire or fill with foolish, shallow, or extravagant passion
- to cause to act foolishly
- an archaic word for infatuated
- literary a person who is infatuated
Word Origin and History for infatuating
1530s, "turn (something) to foolishness, frustrate," from Latin infatuatus, past participle of infatuare "make a fool of," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + fatuus "foolish." Specific sense of "inspire (in someone) a foolish romantic passion" is from 1620s. Related: Infatuated; infatuating.