Definition of nympholept in English:

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nympholept

Pronunciation: /ˈnimfəˌlept/

noun

A person affected by nympholepsy.
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
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'.

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