I. adjective Date: 15th century being in an infatuated state or condition II. transitive verb (-ated; -ating) Etymology: Latin infatuatus, past participle of infatuare, from in- + fatuus fatuous Date: 1533 1. to cause to be foolish ; deprive of sound judgment 2. to inspire with a foolish or extravagant love or admiration • infatuation noun

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  • Infatuate — In*fat u*ate (?; 135), a. [L. infatuatus, p. p. of infatuare to infatuate; pref. in in + fatuus foolish. See {Fatuous}.] Infatuated. Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Infatuate — In*fat u*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Infatuated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Infatuating}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To make foolish; to affect with folly; to weaken the intellectual powers of, or to deprive of sound judgment. [1913 Webster] The judgment of God… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • infatuate — index bigot, obsess Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • infatuate — (v.) 1530s, turn (something) to foolishness, frustrate, from L. infatuatus, pp. of infatuare make a fool of, from in in (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + fatuus foolish. Specific sense of inspire (in someone) a foolish romantic passion is from 1620s.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • infatuate — ► VERB (be infatuated with) ▪ be inspired with an intense passion for. DERIVATIVES infatuation noun. ORIGIN Latin infatuare make foolish …   English terms dictionary

  • infatuate — [in fach′o͞o āt΄] vt. infatuated, infatuating [< L infatuatus, pp. of infatuare, to make a fool of < in , intens. + fatuus, foolish: see FATUOUS] 1. to make foolish; cause to lose sound judgment 2. to inspire with foolish or shallow love or …   English World dictionary

  • infatuate — infatuator, n. v. /in fach ooh ayt /; adj., n. /in fach ooh it, ayt /, v., infatuated, infatuating, adj., n. v.t. 1. to inspire or possess with a foolish or unreasoning passion, as of love. 2. to affect with folly; make foolish or fatuous. adj. 3 …   Universalium

  • infatuate — verb To inspire with unreasoning love or attachment. See Also: infatuation …   Wiktionary

  • infatuate — Synonyms and related words: addict, admirer, adorer, aficionado, allure, amorist, attract, becharm, befool, beguile, beset, besotted, bewitch, buff, bug, captivate, carry away, cast a spell, charm, collector, compel, crank, demon, devotee, dotty …   Moby Thesaurus

  • infatuate — I (Roget s IV) v. Syn. beguile, captivate, charm; see charm 1 , fascinate . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Affected with intense romantic attraction: enamored, infatuated, smitten. Slang: gone. See EXCITE, SEX …   English dictionary for students

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