nympholepsy[nim′fō lep′sē, -fə-]
nympholepsy definition by Webster's New World
- in ancient times, a state of frenzy that was believed to seize any man who looked at a nymph
- a violent emotional state arising as from frustrated idealism
Origin: ; from Classical Greek nympholēptos, seized by nymphs (; from nymphē plush -lēptos, seized ; from lambanein, to seize, assume: see lemma), influenced, influence by epilepsy
nympholepsy definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. nym·pho·lep·sies
- A frenzy supposed by ancient peoples to have been induced by nymphs.
- An emotional frenzy.
Origin: From nympholept.
- nymˌpho·lepˈtic adjective