Definition of nympholept in English:

nympholept

Syllabification: nym·pho·lept
Pronunciation: /ˈnimfəˌlept
 
/

noun

  • A person affected by nympholepsy.
    More example sentences
    • The Cave of Archedemos the Nympholept is a small cave near Vari in Attica, Greece.
    • Nabokov also borrowed the term nympholept, a rare, archaic term meaning a person seized by emotional frenzy, as if enchanted by nymphs

Derivatives

nympholeptic

Pronunciation: /ˌnimfəˈleptik/
adjective
More example sentences
  • His father, it transpires, is a ‘nympholeptic’ -- ‘which at least seemed a step up from a pedophile.’
  • Humbert carefully distinguishes his nympholeptic sensuality from the standard heterosexual experience, of which he is also capable.
  • The Trial takes you on a journey into the mind of Kafka's anti-hero, the nympholeptic Joseph K.

Origin

early 19th century: from Greek numpholēptos 'caught by nymphs', from numphē 'nymph' + lambanein 'take'.

More definitions of nympholept

Definition of nympholept in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day kerf
Pronunciation: kərf
noun
a slit made by cutting with a saw