Definition of nymphomania in English:

nymphomania

noun

  • Uncontrollable or excessive sexual desire in a woman.

    Compare with satyriasis
    • ‘The removal of both ovaries was considered an acceptable treatment for nymphomania and other behaviors thought to be undesirable for women.’
    • ‘Sheriff explicates the metaphor of fire as it was used to connect nymphomania to the passions, including enthusiasm.’
    • ‘Essentially, Waters equates nymphomania with zealotry, and in doing so reaffirms his historic place as the icon of trash cinema.’
    • ‘As for suburban nymphomania - well, the most I've ever been offered is a cup of Tea and a Jaffa cake.’
    • ‘But for all this luxury and high-society living, I'm glad to say that we never fell into the trappings of drug-addiction and male nymphomania (the latter could be attributed to our pre-pubescent state).’
    • ‘There is a word for the hatred of men, just as there is one for the male counterpart to nymphomania: they are ‘misandry’ and ‘satyriasis,’ respectively.’
    • ‘Exposure to tropical climate, contemporary medical opinion averred, produced nymphomania in white women.’
    • ‘Dallas' account of her journey into nymphomania is really an account of her development into a mature, self-empowered woman and a mother who's aware of her responsibility to her daughter.’
    • ‘There is some basis for the rumour in her defiance of imperial protocol by riding cross-saddle, and a hint of overstimulation in her breathless reports of frantic gallops, but Catherine's nymphomania is a schoolboy legend.’
    • ‘Groneman's amassing of evidence for how the older discourse of nymphomania has been replaced by the new discourse of sex addiction is far more convincing than her material on the Victorians.’
    • ‘The only thing that strikes me as dubious, I think, is the implication of nymphomania of a kind in the case of Nadia the exchange student, who, when Jim asks her if she really wants him, says, ‘well…’’
    • ‘In the past, other labels such as nymphomania, satyriasis, and hyper-sexuality have been used.’
    • ‘My self-diagnosed nymphomania is kicking in, and I really want to just go pick up a worthless relationship, just someone to use like Tom does, for a night of sex, and kick them out before breakfast.’
    • ‘Yet it is clear that, paradoxically, there also developed a counter discourse rooted in Kinsey and continued in Masters and Johnson that now viewed much of what previously had been dubbed as nymphomania in positive terms.’
    • ‘The cover lines dwell obsessively on nymphomania, the perils of homosexuality, how wives sap their husbands' virility, passion-crazed divorcees, and ways to master the sexually aggressive woman.’
    • ‘At that point Chandler's own debut, The Big Sleep, was causing some controversy with its various subplots concerning pornography and nymphomania.’

Origin

Late 18th century: modern Latin, from Latin nympha (see nymph) + -mania.

Pronunciation:

nymphomania

/ˌnimfəˈmānēə/