As infatuation means attraction for someone for short-time. So is it correct to say "he has always been my infatuation"? Can I use "always" in that sentence. Or is it correct "I have always been infatuated with him." Again here can I use "always"?

  • Hello, Lucia. You need to show research here. Do the definitions given by ODO, CED and Collins agree that infatuations cannot be other than short-lived? If so, you can't use 'always'. If the definitions disagree on this, you have to decide whether you are happy using an arguable usage. – Edwin Ashworth Jun 30 '18 at 7:56
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    I suggest that while many, if not most infatuations do last for only a shohrt time that's pure co-incidence… it's not related to the naturre of infatuation, though it might be affected by the social circumstances surrounding the people… – Robbie Goodwin Jul 14 '18 at 23:12

I prefer the MW definition of infatuate:

1 : to cause to be foolish : deprive of sound judgment

2 : to inspire with a foolish or extravagant love or admiration

The notable thing about an infatuation vs "real" affection is not the duration but the foolishness of it. Short duration is just one possible sign of this.


In common spoken English, it's more common to say "He/she is infatuated with him/her" rather than name someone as the infatuation, it's just not done and gives a very objective tone.

So you'd probably say "I've always been infatuated with him" however it's important to note that if you've always been infatuated, then it's not short term and it's not infatuation.

  • Collins says: "3: an object of foolish or extravagant passion" Although it marks this usage as British. (Not that I have ever heard it used that way. But then, maybe no one has ever been infatuated with me.) – user184130 Jul 30 '18 at 20:32

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