nym|pho|lep|sy «NIHM fuh LEHP see», noun.
1. a state of rapture supposed to be inspired in men by nymphs.
2. a frenzy of emotion, especially that inspired by something unattainable.
[< Greek nymphólēptos one bewitched by a nymph < nýmphē nymph + lēptos, stem of lambánein to seize; perhaps patterned on Englih epilepsy]

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  • lep — lep·ta·zol; lep·tene; lep·te·ny; lep·ti·no·tar·sa; lep·tite; lep·to·bos; lep·to·car·dia; lep·to·car·dii; lep·to·ceph·a·lid; lep·to·ceph·a·lous; lep·to·ceph·a·lus; lep·to·ceph·a·ly; lep·to·cer·cal; lep·to·chlorite; lep·to·clase; lep·to·dac·tyl·id; …   English syllables

  • nym — ac·ro·nym; ac·ro·nym·ic; al·lo·nym; an·a·nym; an·o·nym; an·o·nym·i·ty; an·to·nym; ba·so·nym; cal·li·o·nym·i·dae; cryp·to·nym; ep·o·nym; eu·o·nym; hi·er·o·nym·ic; homo·nym; homo·nym·ic; hy·po·nym; mat·ro·nym·ic; meta·nym; met·o·nym; met·o·nym·ic;… …   English syllables

  • nympholepsy — nym·pho·lep·sy …   English syllables

  • nympholeptic — nym·pho·lep·tic …   English syllables

  • tic — ace·tic; ace·to·ace·tic; ach·er·on·tic; achres·tic; ach·ro·ma·tic·i·ty; acys·tic; adi·ag·nos·tic; aero·elas·tic; aero·tac·tic; agres·tic; alan·tic; al·bi·nis·tic; al·che·mis·tic; al·lo·cryp·tic; al·lo·plas·tic; al·lo·plas·tic·i·ty; al·tru·is·tic; …   English syllables

  • sy — acat·a·lep·sy; ac·ra·sy; al·lo·sy·nap·sis; apos·ta·sy; ar·go·sy; as·trog·no·sy; bes·sy; bit·sy; bu·sy·con; cas·sy·tha; cat·a·lep·sy; cham·ae·sy·ce; ches·sy; ches·sy·lite; clep·sy·dra; cler·i·sy; clum·sy; con·tro·ver·sy; cos·sy·rite; cres·sy;… …   English syllables

  • nympholepsy — Demoniac frenzy, especially of an erotic nature. [nympho + G. lepsis, a seizure] * * * nym·pho·lep·sy nim(p) fə .lep sē n, pl sies a frenzy of erotic emotion …   Medical dictionary

  • Nympholepsy — Nym pho*lep sy (n[i^]m f[ o]*l[e^]p s[y^]), n. [Gr. ny mfh a nymph + lamba nein to seize.] A species of demoniac enthusiasm or possession coming upon one who had accidentally looked upon a nymph; ecstasy. [R.] De Quincey. [1913 Webster] The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Nympholeptic — Nym pho*lep tic (n[i^]m f[ o]*l[e^]p t[i^]k), a. Under the influence of nympholepsy; ecstatic; frenzied. [Poetic] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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