Origin of nympholeptGreek numpholēptos, caught by nymph, frenzied : numphē, nymph + lēptos, seized (from lambanein, lēp-, to seize).
- A person in a state of nympholepsy.
From Ancient Greek Î½Ï…Î¼Ï†ÏŒÎ»Î·Ï€Ï„Î¿Ï‚ (numpholÄ“ptos, “caught by nymphs, frenzied"), from Î½ÏÎ¼Ï†Î· (numphÄ“) + Î»Î±Î¼Î²Î¬Î½Ï‰ (lambanÅ, “I take").
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 of nympholepsy; from Classical Greek nympholēptos, seized by nymphs (; from nymphē + -lēptos, seized ; from lambanein, to seize, assume: see lemma), influenced, influence by epilepsy