Definitions

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  • n. An infatuation, an irrational liking for something.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Infatuation; an unreasoning fondness.

Etymologies

French, literally ‘something stuck in the throat’. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Tout d'abord ce qui a suscité cet engouement c'est qu'on a reellement cru au depars que ct un reste de monstre marin.

    pinku-tk Diary Entry

  • At first the princess noticed nothing but that Kitty was much under the influence of her engouement, as she called it, for Madame

    Anna Karenina

  • Grâce à quoi je suis maintenant bien plus au fait des ressources professionnelles existant de par le monde dans ce domaine, et du réel engouement suscité à l'échelon international par Haïti, sa culture, sa religion, sa politique et sa littérature.

    Entretiens / Interviews / Entrevistas

  • He speaks of the _engouement_ about this book, "so full of empty and presumptuous thoughts."

    Alfred Russel Wallace: Letters and Reminiscences, Vol. 1

  • At first the princess noticed nothing but that Kitty was much under the influence of her engouement, as she called it, for Madame Stahl, and still more for Varenka.

    Chapter XXXIII. Part II

  • He speaks of the engouement about this book, “so full of empty and presumptuous thoughts.”

    Alfred Russel Wallace Letters and Reminiscences

  • Cambrai, writing to the Countess of Gramont, counselled her to practise recollection and give a quiet thought to God at dinner times in a lull of the conversation, or again when she was driving or dressing or having her hair arranged; these hindrances (said he) profited more than any _engouement_ of devotion.

    Sir John Constantine Memoirs of His Adventures At Home and Abroad and Particularly in the Island of Corsica: Beginning with the Year 1756

  • Their talk is bright, aimless, rambling, not without dives into the depths, and pokes into your personality, above all, _engouement_ the most absolute, and desire of intercommunication the most insatiable.

    The Bed-Book of Happiness

  • The original want of appreciation has passed, never, one may hope, to return; and the middle _engouement_, which was mainly engineered by those doughty partisans, Mr. Stevenson and Mr. Henley, is passing likewise.

    The English Novel

  • Apollo_ of criticism and creation both, I think in his heart of hearts there must have been some misgivings; and it is impossible that he should not have known his fancy for people like the Guérins to be mere _engouement_.

    Matthew Arnold

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  • engouement
    an infatuation, an irrational liking for something
    1973: Their rulers, politicians, revolutions set apart, and this horrible engouement for Bonaparte. — Patrick O'Brian, HMS Surprise

    July 14, 2009