Origin: Greek numpholēptos, caught by nymph, frenzied : numphē, nymph + lēptos, seized (from lambanein, lēp-, to seize).
Variant of nympholepsy
- 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: < Gr nympholēptos, seized by nymphs (< nymphē + -lēptos, seized < lambanein, to seize, assume: see lemma), infl. by epilepsy
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