noun[mass noun] literary
1Passion aroused in men by beautiful young girls.
- Humbert takes Lolita on an extraordinary journey across America so that he can continue to indulge his nympholepsy without having to worry that someone will discover the true nature of his relationship with Lolita.
- Biographer Field notes that the theme of nympholepsy dates from 1928 in Nabokovs poetry and 1938 in his prose.
- He got away with it, as so many other Victorians got away with pederasty and nympholepsy.
Late 18th century: from Greek numpholēptos 'caught by nymphs', from numphē 'nymph' and lambanein 'take hold of', on the pattern of epilepsy.
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