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infatuate

adjective in·fat·u·ate \ in-ˈfa-chə-wət , -chü-ət \

Definition of infatuate

:being in an infatuated state or condition

First Known Use of infatuate

15th century


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infatuate

verb in·fat·u·ate \ in-ˈfa-chə-ˌwāt , -chü-ˌāt \

Definition of infatuate

infatuated; infatuating
transitive verb
1 :to cause to be foolish :deprive of sound judgment
2 :to inspire with a foolish or extravagant love or admiration

infatuation

play \in-ˌfa-chə-ˈwā-shən, -chü-ˈā-\ noun

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What is the origin of infatuated?

When we speak of someone being infatuated it very often is in relationship to that person having seemingly taken leave of his or her senses, especially in a romantic context (“he was so infatuated that he could not remember what day of the week it was”). This is fitting, as the word shares an origin with the word fatuous, which means complacently or inanely foolish. Both words come from the Latin fatuus (“foolish”), although fatuous is not often used in the romantic contexts in which we find infatuate. When used with a preposition infatuated is typically followed by with.

Origin and Etymology of infatuate

Latin infatuatus, past participle of infatuare, from in- + fatuus fatuous



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