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nym·pho·lep·sy

 (nĭm′fə-lĕp′sē)
n. pl. nym·pho·lep·sies
1. A frenzy supposed by ancient peoples to have been induced by nymphs.
2. An emotional frenzy.

[From nympholept.]

nym′pho·lep′tic (-lĕp′tĭk) adj.

nympholepsy

(ˈnɪmfəˌlɛpsɪ)
n, pl -sies
(Psychiatry) a state of violent emotion, esp when associated with a desire for something one cannot have
[C18: from nympholept, on the model of epilepsy]
ˌnymphoˈleptic adj

nympholepsy

1. an ecstatic variety of demonic possession believed by the ancients to be inspired by nymphs.
2. a frenzy of emotion, as for something unattainable. — nympholeptic, adj.
See also: Demons
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nympholepsy - a frenzy of emotion; as for something unattainable
delirium, frenzy, hysteria, craze, fury - state of violent mental agitation