nympholepsy


nym·pho·lep·sy

noun \ˈnim(p)-fə-ˌlep-sē\

Definition of NYMPHOLEPSY

1
:  a demonic enthusiasm held by the ancients to seize one bewitched by a nymph
2
:  a frenzy of emotion
nym·pho·lept \-ˌlept\ noun
nym·pho·lep·tic \ˌnim(p)-fə-ˈlep-tik\ adjective

Origin of NYMPHOLEPSY

nympholept, from Greek nympholēptos frenzied, literally, caught by nymphs, from nymphē + lambanein to seize — more at latch
First Known Use: 1775

nym·pho·lep·sy

noun \ˈnim(p)-fə-ˌlep-sē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural nym·pho·lep·sies

Medical Definition of NYMPHOLEPSY

: a frenzy of erotic emotion

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