AskDefine | Define infatuation

Dictionary Definition



1 foolish and usually extravagant passion or love or admiration
2 temporary love of an adolescent [syn: puppy love, calf love, crush]
3 an object of extravagant short-lived passion

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. The act of infatuating; the state of being infatuated; folly; that which infatuates.
  2. An unreasoning love or attraction.


The act of infatuating; the state of being infatuated; folly; that which infatuates
An unreasoning love or attraction

Extensive Definition

Infatuation is the state of being completely carried away by unreasoning passion or love; addictive love. Infatuation usually occurs at the beginning of a relationship. It is characterized by urgency, intensity, sexual desire, and/or anxiety, in which there is an extreme absorption in another. It is traditionally associated with youth.


  • Harville, H. PhD. (1992). Keeping the Love You Find. New York: Pocket Books.
  • Glencoe/McGraw-Hill. (2000). Whitney, DeBruyne, Sizer-Webb, Health: Making Life Choices (pp. 494-496)
infatuation in Danish: forelskelse
infatuation in Spanish: infatuación
infatuation in Norwegian Nynorsk: forelsking
infatuation in Norwegian: forelskelse

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

affection, ardor, blind faith, bug, calf love, case, craze, crazy fancy, credulity, credulousness, crush, devotion, disposition to believe, dotage, ease of belief, enthusiasm, fanaticism, fascination, fondness, frenzy, furor, furore, fury, gross credulity, gust, gusto, likes, liking, love, mania, manic-depressive psychosis, mash, obsession, overambitiousness, overanxiety, overanxiousness, overcredulity, overcredulousness, overeagerness, overenthusiasm, overopenness to conviction, overtrustfulness, overzealousness, pash, passing fancy, passion, puppy love, rage, rash conviction, relish, stultification, taste, trustfulness, uncritical acceptance, uncriticalness, unquestioning belief, unripe acceptation, unskepticalness, unsuspectingness, unsuspiciousness, weakness, will to believe, willingness to believe, wishful belief, wishful thinking, zealotism, zealotry
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