in·​fat·​u·​a·​tion in-ˌfa-chə-ˈwā-shən How to pronounce infatuation (audio)
plural infatuations
: 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
: 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

Examples of infatuation in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1648, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of infatuation was in 1648

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“Infatuation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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