nympholepsy

noun

nym·​pho·​lep·​sy ˈnim(p)-fə-ˌlep-sē How to pronounce nympholepsy (audio)
1
: a demonic enthusiasm held by the ancients to seize one bewitched by a nymph
2
: a frenzy of emotion
nympholept noun
nympholeptic adjective

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of nympholepsy was in 1776

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Cite this Entry

“Nympholepsy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nympholepsy. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition

nympholepsy

noun

nym·​pho·​lep·​sy ˈnim(p)-fə-ˌlep-sē How to pronounce nympholepsy (audio)
plural nympholepsies
: a frenzy of erotic emotion
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