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nympholepsy

[ nim-fuh-lep-see ]

noun

, plural nym·pho·lep·sies.
  1. an ecstasy supposed by the ancients to be inspired by nymphs.
  2. a frenzy of emotion, as for something unattainable.


nympholepsy

/ ˈnɪmfəˌlɛpsɪ /

noun

  1. a state of violent emotion, esp when associated with a desire for something one cannot have


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Derived Forms

  • ˌnymphoˈleptic, adjective

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Other Words From

  • nym·pho·lep·tic [nim-f, uh, -, lep, -tik], adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of nympholepsy1

1765–75; formed on nympholept, on the model of epilepsy

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Word History and Origins

Origin of nympholepsy1

C18: from nympholept , on the model of epilepsy

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Example Sentences

Through solitude this passion may be exalted into a frenzy like a nympholepsy.

But he was busy with his new story, in the throes of nympholepsy, seeing visions, hearing voices.

When the show was over he abandoned Miss Clampett on her door-step and went to his own boarding-house in a nympholepsy.

Nympholepsy is no more a Greek word than epilepsy, and nobody would or could object to epilepsy or apoplexy as a Greek word.

It shows the sensitiveness of the hierarchy that this harmless nympholepsy was deemed worthy of severe repression.

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