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infatuation

[in-fach-oo-ey-shuh n] /ɪnˌfætʃ uˈeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the state of being infatuated.
2.
the act of infatuating.
3.
foolish or all-absorbing passion or an instance of this:
a mere infatuation that will not last.
4.
the object of a person's infatuation:
When I was a kid, my infatuation was stamp collecting.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; < Late Latin infatuātiōn- (stem of infatuātiō). See infatuate, -ion
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Examples from the web for infatuation
  • But your arts and allurements may, in a moment of infatuation, have made him forget what he owes to himself and to all his family.
  • Take infatuation, you can look at brain scans or hormones or design a survey of questions.
  • Even after they'd gone out for coffee, she couldn't say that what she was feeling was anything more than infatuation.
  • He has a delicate balance between anxiety and infatuation.
  • Her girlish infatuation has survived the disillusionments, hardships, and disappointments.
  • First came flirtation, then excitement and infatuation.
  • But for an artist, an infatuation with movies can be a tricky thing.
  • The reason is a longstanding infatuation that has recently overtaken my waking hours.
  • He also tells of an actor whose infatuation with one of the dancers is ruining his life.
  • He said his infatuation with pig calls began when he first signed up for the contest and won.
British Dictionary definitions for infatuation

infatuation

/ɪnˌfætjʊˈeɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act of infatuating or state of being infatuated
2.
foolish or extravagant passion
3.
an object of foolish or extravagant passion
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Word Origin and History for infatuation
n.

1640s, noun of action from infatuate, or else from French infatuation or directly from Late Latin infatuationem (nominative infatuatio), from past participle stem of infatuare.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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