[ in-fach-oo-ey-shuh n ]
/ ɪnˌfætʃ uˈeɪ ʃən /


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.

Nearby words

  1. infarction,
  2. infare,
  3. infatigable,
  4. infatuate,
  5. infatuated,
  6. infauna,
  7. infeasibility,
  8. infeasible,
  9. infect,
  10. infected

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

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British Dictionary definitions for infatuation


/ (ɪnˌfætjʊˈeɪʃən) /


the act of infatuating or state of being infatuated
foolish or extravagant passion
an object of foolish or extravagant passion
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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