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nymphomaniac

[nim-fuh-mey-nee-ak, nim-foh‐] /ˌnɪm fəˈmeɪ niˌæk, ˌnɪm foʊ‐/
noun
1.
a woman who has abnormally excessive and uncontrollable sexual desire.
adjective, Also, nymphomaniacal
[nim-foh-muh-nahy-uh-kuh l] /ˌnɪm foʊ məˈnaɪ ə kəl/ (Show IPA)
2.
(of a woman) afflicted with abnormally excessive sexual desire.
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  • Nelda is the nymphomaniac sister, and Geraldine is the dipsomaniac.

    Murder in the Gunroom Henry Beam Piper
  • You certainly had your hands full—a dual personality and a nymphomaniac.

    The Bright Messenger Algernon Blackwood
  • A nymphomaniac, in 1688, caused the Valencia tribunal an even longer term of perplexity.

  • The maternal great-grandmother was a nymphomaniac, whose son married a woman of loose morals, by whom a daughter was born.

    Degeneracy Eugene S. Talbot
  • For an instant "nymphomaniac" flashed across his consciousness.

    Painted Veils James Huneker
Word Origin and History for nymphomaniac

1861 (adj.), 1867 (n.), from nymphomania.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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