infatuation

noun
in·​fat·​u·​a·​tion | \ in-ˌfa-chə-ˈwā-shən How to pronounce infatuation (audio) , -chü-ˈā- \
plural infatuations

Definition of infatuation

1 : a feeling of foolish or obsessively strong love for, admiration for, or interest in someone or something : strong and unreasoning attachment She speaks openly about the real-life subject of one of her songs, a conservatory teacher who is both a neighbor in her apartment building and the unwilling object of her obsessive infatuation.— Sasha Frere-Jones Craig Claiborne wrote about it in 1963, when he was deep in his infatuation with dill and meatballs and all things Nordic.— Amanda Hesser
2 : the object of an unreasoning or foolish attachment And then, I began trying to forge their autographs. I'm not sure why I did it at first, but it became an infatuation.— Zach Selwyn

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First Known Use of infatuation

1648, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of infatuation was in 1648

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“Infatuation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/infatuation. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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infatuation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of infatuation

: a feeling of foolish or very strong love or admiration for someone or something

infatuation

noun
in·​fat·​u·​a·​tion | \ in-ˌfa-chə-ˈwā-shən \

Kids Definition of infatuation

: the state of having a foolish or very strong love or admiration

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