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nymphomania

Syllabification: nym·pho·ma·ni·a
Pronunciation: /ˌnimfəˈmānēə
 
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Definition of nymphomania in English:

noun

Uncontrollable or excessive sexual desire in a woman. Compare with satyriasis.
Example sentences
  • In the past, other labels such as nymphomania, satyriasis, and hyper-sexuality have been used.
  • There is a word for the hatred of men, just as there is one for the male counterpart to nymphomania: they are ‘misandry’ and ‘satyriasis,’ respectively.
  • The only thing that strikes me as dubious, I think, is the implication of nymphomania of a kind in the case of Nadia the exchange student, who, when Jim asks her if she really wants him, says, ‘well…’

Origin

late 18th century: modern Latin, from Latin nympha (see nymph) + -mania.

Derivatives

nymphomaniac

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈmānēˌak/
noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • Susanna also sought out fleeting sexual relations with doctors and teachers, and was diagnosed as suffering from ‘a nymphomaniac compulsion.’
  • I know no one around here is deluded enough to think that all men are evil satyrs, and all women repressed nymphomaniacs who embrace passivity.
  • Stricken with a mysterious ailment, Jallel is forced to get treatment in a mental hospital where he meets Lucie, a strange doe-eyed nymphomaniac.

nymphomaniacal

2
Pronunciation: /-məˈnīəkəl/
adjective
Example sentences
  • In other words, he argues, music videos are filmed in such a way as to suggest that women's bodies are there to be looked at and that, in fact, the nymphomaniacal women in the videos want to be looked at.
  • I don't just say that because I personally am some kind of nymphomaniacal sex fiend, but because it really was the only interesting side of the story.
  • Red-headed Isobel is promiscuous to the extent of being nymphomaniacal.

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