a frenzy of emotion

Word of the Day for Monday, October 4, 2010

nympholepsy \NIM-fuh-lep-see\, noun:
1. A frenzy of emotion, as for something unattainable.
2. An ecstasy supposed by the ancients to be inspired by nymphs.

Nympholepsy stems from the Greek nympholeptos, “caught by nymphs.”

Yes, downhill in a kind of hectic nympholepsy, the grass snapping at our ankles, the clouds deafening us and the distant cathedral spire swimming up as if to impale us.
— Lawrence Durrell, The Black Book


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