nympholeptic


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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.
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Still, the passage quoted above from Shelley's masterpiece that begins with "My soul is an enchanted boat" (Prometheus unbound, Act II, 5) is, according to the American critic, perhaps the culmination of "nympholeptic longing" at least from English romanticism.
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