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infatuate

[verb in-fach-oo-eyt; adjective, noun in-fach-oo-it, -eyt]
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verb (used with object), in·fat·u·at·ed, in·fat·u·at·ing.
  1. to inspire or possess with a foolish or unreasoning passion, as of love.
  2. to affect with folly; make foolish or fatuous.
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adjective
  1. infatuated.
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noun
  1. a person who is infatuated.
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Origin of infatuate

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin infatuātus, past participle of infatuāre. See in-2, fatuous, -ate1
Related formsin·fat·u·a·tor, nounself-in·fat·u·at·ed, adjectiveun·in·fat·u·at·ed, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • He was a strict disciplinarian, a tyrannical, vicious, self-infatuated person.

    The Bbur-nma in English

    Babur, Emperor of Hindustan


British Dictionary definitions for self-infatuated

infatuate

verb (ɪnˈfætjʊˌeɪt) (tr)
  1. to inspire or fill with foolish, shallow, or extravagant passion
  2. to cause to act foolishly
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adjective (ɪnˈfætjʊɪt, -ˌeɪt)
  1. an archaic word for infatuated
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noun (ɪnˈfætjʊɪt, -ˌeɪt)
  1. literary a person who is infatuated
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin infatuāre, from in- ² + fatuus fatuous
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Word Origin and History for self-infatuated

infatuate

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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