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nympholepsy

[nim-fuh-lep-see] /ˈnɪm fəˌlɛp si/
noun, plural nympholepsies.
1.
an ecstasy supposed by the ancients to be inspired by nymphs.
2.
a frenzy of emotion, as for something unattainable.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75; formed on nympholept, on the model of epilepsy
Related forms
nympholeptic
[nim-fuh-lep-tik] /ˌnɪm fəˈlɛp tɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nympholeptic

nympholepsy

/ˈnɪmfəˌlɛpsɪ/
noun (pl) -sies
1.
a state of violent emotion, esp when associated with a desire for something one cannot have
Derived Forms
nympholeptic, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from nympholept, on the model of epilepsy
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