[ nim-fuh-lep-see ]
/ ˈnɪm fəˌlɛp si /
noun, plural nym·pho·lep·sies.
an ecstasy supposed by the ancients to be inspired by nymphs.
a frenzy of emotion, as for something unattainable.
Related formsnym·pho·lep·tic [nim-fuh-lep-tik] /ˌnɪm fəˈlɛp tɪk/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for nympholeptic
Shelley was an emotional sophist, with a nympholeptic imagination, who fell into sheer unreality.
British Dictionary definitions for nympholeptic
/ (ˈnɪmfəˌlɛpsɪ) /
noun plural -sies
a state of violent emotion, esp when associated with a desire for something one cannot have
Derived Formsnympholeptic, adjective
Word Origin for nympholepsy
C18: from nympholept, on the model of epilepsy
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