[in-fach-oo-ey-shuh n]


the state of being infatuated.
the act of infatuating.
foolish or all-absorbing passion or an instance of this: a mere infatuation that will not last.
the object of a person's infatuation: When I was a kid, my infatuation was stamp collecting.

Origin of infatuation

First recorded in 1640–50, infatuation is from the Late Latin word infatuātiōn- (stem of infatuātiō). See infatuate, -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for infatuation

fascination, obsession, crush, love, passion, desire

Examples from the Web for infatuation

Contemporary Examples of infatuation

Historical Examples of infatuation

  • If she had, now, she might cure some decent girl of her infatuation.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • But the wrath of the father rose afresh at sight of her "infatuation."

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • And it was well for me that I did hear it; for nothing less could have cured my infatuation.

  • She looked as beautiful as ever, and I could not wonder at my friend's infatuation.

  • He had kept the news of his grandson's infatuation and engagement even from his wife.

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for infatuation



the act of infatuating or state of being infatuated
foolish or extravagant passion
an object of foolish or extravagant passion
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for infatuation

1640s, noun of action from infatuate, or else from French infatuation or directly from Late Latin infatuationem (nominative infatuatio), from past participle stem of infatuare.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper