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nympholepsy

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noun nym·pho·lep·sy \ˈnim(p)-fə-ˌlep-sē\

Definition of nympholepsy

  1. 1 :  a demonic enthusiasm held by the ancients to seize one bewitched by a nymph

  2. 2 :  a frenzy of emotion

nym·pho·lept play \-ˌlept\ noun
nym·pho·lep·tic play \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


Medical Dictionary

nympholepsy

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noun nym·pho·lep·sy \ˈnim(p)-fə-ˌlep-sē\

Medical Definition of nympholepsy

plural nym·pho·lep·sies

  1. :  a frenzy of erotic emotion




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