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Weird Words: Nympholepsy /ˈnɪmfəlɛpsi/ Help with IPA

A wild frenzy caused by desire for an unattainable ideal.

That’s one sense, which Edward Bulwer-Lytton described in Godolphin in 1833: “The most common disease to genius is nympholepsy — the saddening for a spirit that the world knows not.” It can also refer to the passion or desire aroused in men by young girls, which is, unsurprisingly, in Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita. As a result, it’s often equated with paedophilia or the Lolita complex, though it’s strictly an unappeasable longing, not one that can be acted upon.

Nympholepsy started life in English in the late eighteenth century with the idea behind it of a person in a frenzy from beholding those mythological spirits of nature the ancients imagined as beautiful maidens living in rivers or woods. It’s from the Greek numpholeptos, caught by nymphs. George Moore wrote about it in his Memoirs of My Dead Life:

    I have always thought it must be a wonderful thing to believe in the dryad. Do you know that men wandering in the woods sometimes used to catch sight of a white breast between the leaves, and henceforth they could love no mortal woman? The beautiful name of their malady was nympholepsy. A disease that every one would like to catch.

By the early nineteenth century it had added the meaning in my definition, the one Lord Byron called “The nympholepsy of some fond despair”.

Source: http://www.worldwidewords.org/nl/sjax.htm
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Ο λόγος είναι μεγάλη ανάγκη της ψυχής. (Γιώργος Ιωάννου)



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Δηλ. με βάση τα παραπάνω, ο νεραϊδοπαρμένος που έλεγε η γιαγιά μου είναι ο νυμφόληπτος;
There is no prosthetic for an amputated spirit
Lt Col Frank Slade (Al Pacino, Scent of a woman)


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Πιθανότατα, ναι. :-)
Ο λόγος είναι μεγάλη ανάγκη της ψυχής. (Γιώργος Ιωάννου)



 

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