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 ?
Why shouldn't a governess have passions, all the passions, even that of libertinage, and even ungovernable passions; yet suppressed by the very same means which keep the rest of us in order: early training--necessity--circumstances--fear of consequences; till there comes an age, a time when the restraint of years becomes intolerable--and infatuation irresistible .
In these they engage with an eagerness that amounts to infatuation. Knots of gamblers will assemble before one of their lodge fires, early in the evening, and remain absorbed in the chances and changes of the game until long after dawn of the following day.
"I feel no interest in your infatuation over this girl, that's true, because I see it's unnatural."
Sir Leicester is devoted to you almost to infatuation. He might not be able to overcome that infatuation, even knowing what we know.
She saw that the infatuation had been created, the mischief settled, long before her quitting Bath, and it seemed as if the whole might be traced to the influence of that sort of reading which she had there indulged.
Each hour his infatuation for her grew, until his desire to possess her gained almost the proportions of madness.
And as to being easily led to suspect, God only knows what a blind, incredulous fool I have hitherto been, perseveringly shutting my eyes and stopping my ears against everything that threatened to shake my confidence in you, till proof itself confounded my infatuation!'
This is the real difference between love and infatuation, that infatuation can be slain cleanly with a single blow.
She was still under the spell of her infatuation. She had tried to forget him, realizing the inutility of remembering.
The impertinence of the Eltons, which for a few minutes had threatened to ruin the rest of her evening, had been the occasion of some of its highest satisfactions; and she looked forward to another happy resultthe cure of Harriet's infatuation. From Harriet's manner of speaking of the circumstance before they quitted the ballroom, she had strong hopes.
You must know, then, that the above-named gentleman whenever he was at leisure (which was mostly all the year round) gave himself up to reading books of chivalry with such ardour and avidity that he almost entirely neglected the pursuit of his field-sports, and even the management of his property; and to such a pitch did his eagerness and infatuation go that he sold many an acre of tillageland to buy books of chivalry to read, and brought home as many of them as he could get.
But public and private distress will keep pace with each other in gloomy concert; and unite in deploring the infatuation of those counsels which led to disunion.