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[verb in-fach-oo-eyt; adjective, noun in-fach-oo-it, -eyt]
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verb (used with object), in·fat·u·at·ed, in·fat·u·at·ing.
  1. to inspire or possess with a foolish or unreasoning passion, as of love.
  2. to affect with folly; make foolish or fatuous.
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  1. infatuated.
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  1. a person who is infatuated.
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Origin of infatuate

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin infatuātus, past participle of infatuāre. See in-2, fatuous, -ate1
Related formsin·fat·u·a·tor, nounself-in·fat·u·at·ed, adjectiveun·in·fat·u·at·ed, adjective
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Related Words for infatuating

alluring, pleasant, glamorous, likable, amiable, provocative, fascinating, cute, absorbing, sweet, appealing, engaging, elegant, delightful, engrossing, inviting, graceful, lovely, charismatic, lovable

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Historical Examples of infatuating

  • The latter is infatuating as it increases the risk and yet turns to profit.

    Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56: No. 1, January 5, 1884.


  • 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

    Coventry Patmore

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for infatuating


verb (ɪnˈfætjʊˌeɪt) (tr)
  1. to inspire or fill with foolish, shallow, or extravagant passion
  2. to cause to act foolishly
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adjective (ɪnˈfætjʊɪt, -ˌeɪt)
  1. an archaic word for infatuated
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noun (ɪnˈfætjʊɪt, -ˌeɪt)
  1. literary a person who is infatuated
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Word Origin for infatuate

C16: from Latin infatuāre, from in- ² + fatuus fatuous
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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.

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