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Jun 25, 2000
This week's theme
Feminine and masculine forms of words

This week's words
caryatid
telamon
lamia
warlock
gynarchy
androcracy
nymphomania

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nymphomania

Pronunciation Sound Clip RealAudio (nim-fuh-MAY-nee-uh, -MAYN-yuh)

noun: Excessive sexual desire in a female.

From Latin, from Greek numphe (nymph) + -mania.

"Doctors now presume that Catherine suffered from nymphomania. This was indirectly confirmed by then court doctor Melhior-Adam Veikard, who acknowledged the Empress' intellect and talent but noted: 'By the way, marrying her would require extreme bravery.'"
Nikolai Pavlenko; The Prince & The Empress; Russian Life; May 30, 1998.

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A failure is a man who has blundered but is not able to cash in on the experience. -Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915)

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