Definition of nymphomania in English:

nymphomania

noun

  • Uncontrollable or excessive sexual desire in a woman.

    Compare with satyriasis
    • ‘Exposure to tropical climate, contemporary medical opinion averred, produced nymphomania in white women.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As for suburban nymphomania - well, the most I've ever been offered is a cup of Tea and a Jaffa cake.’
    • ‘In the past, other labels such as nymphomania, satyriasis, and hyper-sexuality have been used.’
    • ‘Sheriff explicates the metaphor of fire as it was used to connect nymphomania to the passions, including enthusiasm.’
    • ‘The removal of both ovaries was considered an acceptable treatment for nymphomania and other behaviors thought to be undesirable for women.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Essentially, Waters equates nymphomania with zealotry, and in doing so reaffirms his historic place as the icon of trash cinema.’
    • ‘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 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…’’
    • ‘At that point Chandler's own debut, The Big Sleep, was causing some controversy with its various subplots concerning pornography and nymphomania.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

nymphomania

/ˌnimfəˈmānēə//ˌnɪmfəˈmeɪniə/