nympholept definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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: ; from Classical Greek nympholēptos, seized by nymphs (; from nymphē plush -lēptos, seized ; from lambanein, to seize, assume: see lemma), influenced, influence by epilepsy