Definition of infatuate
: being in an infatuated state or condition
First Known Use of infatuate
Recent Examples of infatuate from the Web
He was infatuated with Tonka toy trucks but couldn't afford to buy them.
A: She was infatuated, like much of Mexican culture is, with death.
Trump has been infatuated with Russia since the late 1980s, when he was asked to visit the Soviet Union by two officials, Yuri Dubinin and Vitaly Churkin, and was welcomed there on the 4th of July in 1987.
Ellie is engaged to the boob Boss Mangan, but she is infatuated with a smooth-talking gentleman played by Stephen Barker Turner, who turns out to be the husband of her new friend Hesione.
Schmieder, an executive assistant, became infatuated with Everest after reading Into Thin Air, author Jon Krakauer's telling of a deadly 1996 storm on the mountain.
Spanos was infatuated with McCoy, just as Dean’s father was smitten with another longtime offensive aide who’d never head-coached at any level, Al Saunders, the prim yes man Alex Spanos promoted after firing Don Coryell in 1986.
Mishra’s Rousseau, infatuated with a dream of ancient Spartan order and inflamed with resentment at the condescension of the Enlightenment élite, is more recognizable.
Donald Trump is far from the first narcissist infatuated with optics to work in Washington.
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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
First Known Use: circa 1555See Words from the same year
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