noun, plural nym·pho·lep·sies.
Origin of nympholepsy
Examples from the Web for nympholeptic
Historical Examples of nympholeptic
Shelley was an emotional sophist, with a nympholeptic imagination, who fell into sheer unreality.
noun plural -sies
Word Origin for nympholepsy
"frenzy or rapture supposed to take hold of a man upon gazing on a nymph," 1775, coined by Richard Chandler, in "Travels in Greece," from nymph, on model of epilepsy, with second element from stem of Greek lambanein "to take." Especially "an ecstasy or frenzy caused by desire for the unattainable." Ancient Greek had nympholeptos "caught by nymphs." Related: Nympholept; nympholeptic.