- an ecstasy supposed by the ancients to be inspired by nymphs.
- a frenzy of emotion, as for something unattainable.
Origin of nympholepsy
Examples from the Web for nympholeptic
Shelley was an emotional sophist, with a nympholeptic imagination, who fell into sheer unreality.
- a state of violent emotion, esp when associated with a desire for something one cannot have
Word Origin and History for nympholeptic
"frenzy or rapture supposed to take hold of a man upon gazing on a nymph," 1775, coined by Richard Chandler, in "Travels in Greece," from nymph, on model of epilepsy, with second element from stem of Greek lambanein "to take." Especially "an ecstasy or frenzy caused by desire for the unattainable." Ancient Greek had nympholeptos "caught by nymphs." Related: Nympholept; nympholeptic.