nympholepsy

nympholepsy

[nim-fuh-lep-see]
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:
1765–75; formed on nympholept, on the model of epilepsy

nympholeptic [nim-fuh-lep-tik] , adjective
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nympholepsy (ˈnɪmfəˌlɛpsɪ)
 
n , pl -sies
a state of violent emotion, esp when associated with a desire for something one cannot have
 
[C18: from nympholept, on the model of epilepsy]
 
nympho'leptic
 
adj

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