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limerence

or li·mer·ance

[ li-mer-uhns ]
/ ˈlɪ mɛr əns /
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Definition of limerence

noun
the state of being obsessively infatuated with someone, usually accompanied by delusions of or a desire for an intense romantic relationship with that person: Her limerence lasted for around three months before she actually met him.
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Origin of limerence

First recorded in 1975–80; arbitrary coinage

OTHER WORDS FROM limerence

li·mer·ent, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for limerence

limerence
/ (ˈlɪmɪrəns) /

noun
psychol a state of mind resulting from romantic attraction, characterized by feelings of euphoria, the desire to have one's feelings reciprocated, etc

Word Origin for limerence

C20: coined by Dorothy Tennov (1928–2007), American psychologist
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