nympholepsy

noun
nym·​pho·​lep·​sy | \ ˈnim(p)-fə-ˌlep-sē How to pronounce nympholepsy (audio) \

Definition of nympholepsy

1 : a demonic enthusiasm held by the ancients to seize one bewitched by a nymph
2 : a frenzy of emotion

Other Words from nympholepsy

nympholept \ ˈnim(p)-​fə-​ˌlept How to pronounce nympholept (audio) \ noun
nympholeptic \ ˌnim(p)-​fə-​ˈlep-​tik How to pronounce nympholeptic (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of nympholepsy

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nympholepsy

nympholept, from Greek nympholēptos frenzied, literally, caught by nymphs, from nymphē + lambanein to seize — more at latch

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nympholepsy

noun
nym·​pho·​lep·​sy | \ ˈnim(p)-fə-ˌlep-sē How to pronounce nympholepsy (audio) \
plural nympholepsies

Medical Definition of nympholepsy

: a frenzy of erotic emotion

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