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moonstruck (adj) – 1. Dazed or distracted with romantic sentiment.
2. Mentally deranged; crazy.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : The original sense of moonstruck, ?mentally deranged, insane,? first appears in Paradise Lost (1667) by John Milton (1608?74). Milton was astonishingly learned: he wrote poetry in Latin, Greek, and Italian; he translated Psalm 114 from Hebrew into Greek verse; he was a polemicist (or propagandist) for the English general, Puritan statesman, and Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell. Moonstruck is probably Milton?s own creation, a translation from Greek sel?n?bl?tos ?moonstruck, epileptic,? a compound of sel?n? ?moon? and bl?t?s ?stricken, stricken with palsy,? a past participle of b?llein ?to throw, hit (with a missile).? The sense of ?dreamily romantic? dates from the mid-19th century.

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