infatuation


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in·fat·u·ate

 (ĭn-făch′o͞o-āt′)
tr.v. in·fat·u·at·ed, in·fat·u·at·ing, in·fat·u·ates
1. To inspire with unreasoning love or attachment.
2. To cause to behave foolishly.
adj. (-ĭt, -āt′)
Infatuated.

[Latin īnfatuāre, īnfatuāt- : in-, causative pref.; see in-2 + fatuus, foolish.]

in·fat′u·a′tion (-ā′shən) n.

infatuation

(ɪnˌfætjʊˈeɪʃən)
n
1. the act of infatuating or state of being infatuated
2. foolish or extravagant passion
3. an object of foolish or extravagant passion

in•fat•u•a•tion

(ɪnˌfætʃ uˈeɪ ʃən)

n.
1. the state of being infatuated; foolish or all-absorbing passion.
2. the object of a person's infatuation.
[1640–50; < Late Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.infatuation - a foolish and usually extravagant passion or love or admirationinfatuation - a foolish and usually extravagant passion or love or admiration
passion, passionateness - a strong feeling or emotion
2.infatuation - temporary love of an adolescentinfatuation - temporary love of an adolescent  
love - a strong positive emotion of regard and affection; "his love for his work"; "children need a lot of love"
3.infatuation - an object of extravagant short-lived passion
object - the focus of cognitions or feelings; "objects of thought"; "the object of my affection"

infatuation

noun obsession, thing (informal), passion, crush (informal), madness, folly, fixation, foolishness Teenagers have their own infatuations.

infatuation

noun
An extravagant, short-lived romantic attachment:
Informal: crush.
Translations

infatuation

[ɪnˌfætjʊˈeɪʃən] Nencaprichamiento m

infatuation

[ɪnˌfætjʊˈeɪʃən] n (with person, thing)engouement m

infatuation

n
(= state)Vernarrtheit f (→ with in +acc)
(= object of infatuation)Angebetete(r) mf

infatuation

[ɪnˌfætjʊˈeɪʃn] ninfatuazione f
References in classic literature ?
Everyone who heard of his infatuation for the school teacher was sure it would turn out badly.
The persistence of the infatuation lent it an aspect of genuineness.
We look back at this ignorance, or infatuation, whichever it may be called, with wonder, knowing that the neglect of an eminence, whose difficulties, like those of Mount Defiance, have been so greatly exaggerated, would, at the present time, prove fatal to the reputation of the engineer who had planned the works at their base, or to that of the general whose lot it was to defend them.
I was lifted aloft on a great wave of infatuation and pity.
Soon they through dim, bewildering mediums saw her sidelong fading phantom, as in the gaseous Fata Morgana; only the uppermost masts out of water; while fixed by infatuation, or fidelity, or fate, to their once lofty perches, the pagan harpooneers still maintained their sinking lookouts on the sea.
The youthful infatuation of nineteen would naturally blind him to every thing but her beauty and good nature; but the four succeeding years--years, which if rationally spent, give such improvement to the understanding, must have opened his eyes to her defects of education, while the same period of time, spent on her side in inferior society and more frivolous pursuits, had perhaps robbed her of that simplicity which might once have given an interesting character to her beauty.
But, at last, I think she begins to know me: I don't perceive the silly smiles and grimaces that provoked me at first; and the senseless incapability of discerning that I was in earnest when I gave her my opinion of her infatuation and herself.
Her exasperation at the failure of her first attempt to expose the conspiracy had not blinded her to the instant necessity of making a second effort before Noel Vanstone's growing infatuation g ot beyond her control.
That I retired to bed in a most maudlin state of mind, and got up in a crisis of feeble infatuation.
For I had one other reason than my own infatuation, or thought I had.
In noveldom woman still sets the moral standard, and to her the males, who are in full revolt against the acceptance of the infatuation of a pair of lovers as the highest manifestation of the social instinct, and against the restriction of the affections within the narrow circle of blood relationship, and of the political sympathies within frontiers, are to her what she calls heartless brutes.
On hearing this Marzavan rejoiced inwardly, for he felt sure that he had at last discovered the object of the Princess Badoura's infatuation.