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Lygerastia

Definition: One who exhibits amorous affection only when the lights are out; one who can only become physically aroused when there is absence of light in a room.

Pronunciation: lie-jur-RASS-tee-yah

Origin:

I’m quite sure that the first body root influence is from the Greek lyge, meaning “twilight”, or “dim light”, and the second root influence, erastes, indicates a state of being involving “lovers”, or “amorous relationships”.

Why this word?

It sounds like a spell! Or the name of a curse. There’s a whimsical, fantastic quality to the sound of this word (it’s probably the musical Greek suffix.)

How would you use the word lygerastia in a sentence?

“Afraid I’m just lygerastic these days. Aunt Gravity has a sick sense of humor. If you find yourself able to get naked with someone your age while the lights are on when you reach the winter of your life, well, honey, you’ll be one of the lucky ones.”

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Written by Veronica Jacobs

Veronica Jacobs is a fiction writer, blogger, academic editor, and sci-fi enthusiast. Currently working freelance (with a background in English Literature), she spends most of her time writing.

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