limerence

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From arbitrary first element +‎ -ence. Coined by Dorothy Tennov.

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limerence (countable and uncountable, plural limerences)

  1. (psychology) An involuntary romantic infatuation with another person, especially combined with an overwhelming, obsessive need to have one's feelings reciprocated. [from 20th c.]
    • 1977, Dorothy Tennov, The Observer, 11 Sep:
      I first used the term ‘amorance’ then changed it back to ‘limerence’ […]. It has no roots whatsoever. It looks nice. It works well in French. Take it from me it has no etymology whatsoever.
    • 2003, Andrew G Marshall, The Observer, 14 Dec 2003:
      When someone is under the spell of limerence, not even being rejected dampens down the madness.
    • 2010, Alyson Schafer, Breaking the Good mom Myth:
      But limerence, lovely as it feels, is a time-limited event—it lasts about five years for most couples.

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limerence f (plural limerences)

  1. (psychology, rare) limerence (state of mind caused by a romantic attraction)

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