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Infatuation vs. Love: Know the Difference

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By Shumaila Saeed || Updated on December 25, 2023
Infatuation is a passionate, intense, but short-lived attraction to someone, while love is a deep, lasting, and affectionate bond.
Infatuation vs. Love

Key Differences

Infatuation is characterized by an intense but superficial passion for someone, often quick to arise. Love, in contrast, develops more deeply and meaningfully over time, with a strong emotional connection.
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Infatuation often focuses on physical attraction and idealization, overlooking flaws. Love embraces both strengths and weaknesses, accepting the whole person.
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Infatuation can be fleeting, typically associated with the excitement of newness. Love is enduring, growing stronger with time and overcoming challenges.
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The intensity of infatuation can lead to jealousy and obsession, often without a stable foundation. Love is based on trust, respect, and mutual understanding, fostering security and companionship.
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Infatuation might not withstand conflicts and tends to fade when faced with reality. Love, however, is resilient, navigating through difficulties and deepening the bond.
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Comparison Chart

Duration

Often short-lived, intense.
Long-lasting, deepens over time.
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Focus

Physical attraction, idealization.
Emotional connection, whole person.
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Stability

Can be unstable and fleeting.
Stable and enduring.
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Emotional Depth

Surface-level, often lacks depth.
Deep and meaningful.
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Response to Conflict

May diminish with challenges.
Strengthens and endures through hardships.
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Infatuation and Love Definitions

Infatuation

A strong but superficial attraction.
He realized his feelings were mere infatuation, not true love.
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Love

A strong feeling of affection and concern toward another person, as that arising from kinship or close friendship.
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Infatuation

An intense but short-lived passion for someone.
Her infatuation with the actor faded as quickly as it started.
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Love

A feeling of devotion or adoration toward God or a god.
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Infatuation

Obsessive admiration, often idealizing the other person.
Her infatuation led her to overlook his obvious faults.
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Love

A feeling of kindness or concern by God or a god toward humans.
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Infatuation

A fleeting romantic enthusiasm.
The infatuation with her new colleague was intense but temporary.
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Love

Often Love(Christianity) Charity.
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Infatuation

To inspire with unreasoning love or attachment.
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Love

An instance of being in love
Teenage loves can be as fleeting as they are intense.
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Infatuation

To cause to behave foolishly.
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Love

A person for whom one has strong feelings of affection
She met her new love at the restaurant.
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Infatuation

Infatuated.
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Love

Used as a term of endearment for such a person.
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Infatuation

(obsolete) The act of infatuating; the state of being infatuated; madness.
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Love

An intense emotional attachment to something, as to a pet or treasured object.
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Infatuation

Something which infatuates.
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Love

An expression of one's affection
Send him my love.
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Infatuation

The act of infatuating; the state of being infatuated; folly; that which infatuates.
The infatuations of the sensual and frivolous part of mankind are amazing; but the infatuations of the learned and sophistical are incomparably more so.
Such is the infatuation of self-love.
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Love

A strong predilection or enthusiasm
A love of language.
Love for the game of golf.
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Infatuation

Foolish and usually extravagant passion or love or admiration
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Love

The object of such an enthusiasm
The outdoors is her greatest love.
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Infatuation

Temporary love of an adolescent
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Love

Love(Mythology) Eros or Cupid.
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Infatuation

An object of extravagant short-lived passion
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Love

(Sports) A score of zero, as in tennis.
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Infatuation

A rush of intense but shallow emotions.
His infatuation was more about the thrill than real affection.
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Love

To feel love for (a person)
We love our parents. I love my friends.
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Love

To feel devotion to (God or a god).
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Love

To feel or show kindness or concern to (a person). Used of God or a god.
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Love

To have an intense emotional attachment to
Loves his house.
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Love

To embrace or caress
They were loving each other on the sofa.
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Love

To like or desire enthusiastically
Loves swimming.
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Love

To thrive on; need
The cactus loves hot, dry air.
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Love

(uncountable) A deep caring for the existence of another.
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Love

(uncountable) Strong affection.
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Love

A profound and caring affection towards someone.
A mother’s love is not easily shaken.
My husband’s love is the most important thing in my life.
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Love

Affectionate, benevolent concern or care for other people or beings, and for their well-being.
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Love

A feeling of intense attraction towards someone.
I have never been in love as much as I have with you.
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Love

A deep or abiding liking for something; an enthusiasm for something.
My love of cricket knows no bounds.
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Love

(countable) A person who is the object of romantic feelings; a darling, a sweetheart, a beloved.
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Love

A term of friendly address, regardless of feelings.
Hello love, how can I help you?
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Love

A thing, activity, etc. which is the object of one's deep liking or enthusiasm.
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Love

An instance or episode of being in love; a love affair.
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Love

Used as the closing, before the signature, of a letter, especially between good friends or family members, or by the young.
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Love

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Love

(obsolete) A thin silk material.
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Love

A climbing plant, Clematis vitalba.
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Love

Zero, no score.
So that’s fifteen-love to Kournikova.
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Love

Nothing; no recompense.
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Love

To have a strong affection for (someone or something).
I love my spouse.
I love you!
I love that song!
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Love

(transitive) To need, thrive on.
Mold loves moist, dark places.
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Love

(transitive) To be strongly inclined towards something; an emphatic form of like.
I love walking barefoot on wet grass;
I'd love to join the team;
I love what you've done with your hair
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Love

To care deeply about, to be dedicated to (someone or something).
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Love

(transitive) To derive delight from a fact or situation.
I love the fact that the coffee shop now offers fat-free chai latte.
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Love

A feeling of strong attachment induced by that which delights or commands admiration; preëminent kindness or devotion to another; affection; tenderness; as, the love of brothers and sisters.
Of all the dearest bonds we proveThou countest sons' and mothers' loveMost sacred, most Thine own.
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Love

Courtship; - chiefly in the phrase to make love, i. e., to court, to woo, to solicit union in marriage.
Demetrius . . . Made love to Nedar's daughter, Helena,And won her soul.
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Love

Affection; kind feeling; friendship; strong liking or desire; fondness; good will; - opposed to hate; often with of and an object.
Love, and health to all.
Smit with the love of sacred song.
The love of science faintly warmed his breast.
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Love

Due gratitude and reverence to God.
Keep yourselves in the love of God.
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Love

The object of affection; - often employed in endearing address; as, he held his love in his arms; his greatest love was reading.
Open the temple gates unto my love.
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Love

Cupid, the god of love; sometimes, Venus.
Such was his form as painters, when they showTheir utmost art, on naked Lores bestow.
Therefore do nimble-pinioned doves draw Love.
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Love

A thin silk stuff.
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Love

A climbing species of Clematis (Clematis Vitalba).
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Love

Nothing; no points scored on one side; - used in counting score at tennis, etc.
He won the match by three sets to love.
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Love

To have a feeling of love for; to regard with affection or good will; as, to love one's children and friends; to love one's country; to love one's God.
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thy self.
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Love

To take delight or pleasure in; to have a strong liking or desire for, or interest in; to be pleased with; to like; as, to love books; to love adventures.
Wit, eloquence, and poetry.Arts which I loved.
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Love

To have the feeling of love; to be in love.
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Love

A strong positive emotion of regard and affection;
His love for his work
Children need a lot of love
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Love

Any object of warm affection or devotion;
The theater was her first love
He has a passion for cock fighting
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Love

A beloved person; used as terms of endearment
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Love

A score of zero in tennis or squash;
It was 40 love
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Love

Have a great affection or liking for;
I love French food
She loves her boss and works hard for him
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Love

Get pleasure from;
I love cooking
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Love

Be enamored or in love with;
She loves her husband deeply
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Love

A deep, enduring affection for someone.
Their love grew stronger over the years of companionship.
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Love

A profound emotional bond that goes beyond physical attraction.
Their love was rooted in mutual respect and understanding.
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Love

Caring deeply for the well-being and happiness of another.
Her love for her children was unconditional and unwavering.
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Love

A strong attachment, encompassing trust and commitment.
His love for her was evident in his every action and sacrifice.
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Love

An affectionate feeling that withstands time and hardship.
Despite the challenges, their love never faltered.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

What is infatuation?

Infatuation is a strong, often short-lived passion or admiration for someone or something.
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Can infatuation turn into love?

Yes, infatuation can evolve into love as individuals get to know each other better and form a deeper bond.
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Does love always start as infatuation?

Not always. Love can develop gradually without the initial intense passion of infatuation.
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Is infatuation always temporary?

Often it is, but its duration can vary greatly depending on the individuals and circumstances.
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Can you feel love and infatuation at the same time?

Yes, it's possible to experience both simultaneously, especially in the early stages of a relationship.
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Can infatuation be mistaken for love?

Yes, especially since it can initially feel intense and all-consuming.
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How does infatuation differ from love?

Infatuation is usually more about physical attraction and an idealized perception, whereas love involves a deeper, more enduring emotional connection.
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What triggers infatuation?

It's often triggered by physical attraction, admiration, or the idea of a person rather than their true self.
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Is infatuation unhealthy?

It can be if it leads to obsession or blinds a person to significant flaws or incompatibilities.
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How can someone tell if it’s love or infatuation?

Love tends to be steadier and more about mutual respect, deep connection, and commitment, while infatuation is often more about intense, often idealized passion and longing.
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Is infatuation more common in young people?

It can be more common due to less experience in relationships, but it affects people of all ages.
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How long does infatuation typically last?

It varies, but it often fades as reality sets in, typically within a few months to a year.
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Can infatuation be one-sided?

Absolutely, infatuation can be experienced by only one person towards another.
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Is love always romantic?

No, love can be platonic, familial, or even self-love.
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Do cultural factors influence infatuation?

Yes, cultural backgrounds and societal norms can shape how people experience and express infatuation.
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Does love guarantee a successful relationship?

Not necessarily, as relationships also require compatibility, communication, and effort.
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Can infatuation be controlled?

While it's difficult to control feelings, one can manage how they respond to infatuation.
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Can infatuation lead to problems in relationships?

Yes, if it obscures important issues or leads to unrealistic expectations.
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Is there a biological basis for infatuation?

Yes, infatuation is often linked to increased levels of certain neurotransmitters like dopamine.
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Does everyone experience infatuation?

Most people do at some point, but experiences and intensities vary greatly.
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