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nympholept

[nim-fuh-lept]
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noun
  1. a person seized with nympholepsy.
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Origin of nympholept

1805–15; < Greek nymphólēptos caught by nymphs, equivalent to nýmph(ē) nymph + -o- -o- + lḗptos, verbid of lambánein to seize
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Historical Examples

  • Thanks to it—all thanks to it—I did not become a nympholept.

    Lore of Proserpine

    Maurice Hewlett


British Dictionary definitions for nympholept

nympholept

noun
  1. a person afflicted by nympholepsy
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Word Origin

C19: from Greek numpholēptos caught by nymphs, from numphē nymph + lambanein to seize
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