infatuate [ verb in- fach-oo-eyt; adjective, noun in- fach-oo-it, -eyt] EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN verb (used with object), in·fat·u·at·ed, in·fat·u·at·ing. to inspire or possess with a foolish or unreasoning passion, as of love. to affect with folly; make foolish or fatuous. noun a person who is infatuated. Origin of infatuate 1425–75; late Middle English
past participle of
-ate 1 Related forms in·fat·u·a·tor, noun self-in·fat·u·at·ed, adjective un·in·fat·u·at·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for self-infatuated Historical Examples of self-infatuated British Dictionary definitions for self-infatuated verb ( ɪnˈfætjʊˌeɪt) (tr) to inspire or fill with foolish, shallow, or extravagant passion to cause to act foolishly adjective ( ɪnˈfætjʊɪt, -ˌeɪt) noun ( ɪnˈfætjʊɪt, -ˌeɪt) literary a person who is infatuated Word Origin for infatuate
C16: from Latin
infatuāre, from in- ² + fatuus fatuous
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Word Origin and History for self-infatuated v.
1530s, "turn (something) to foolishness, frustrate," from Latin
infatuatus, past participle of infatuare "make a fool of," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + fatuus "foolish." Specific sense of "inspire (in someone) a foolish romantic passion" is from 1620s. Related: Infatuated; infatuating.
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