outset, outbreak, dawn, conception, birth, genesis, exordium; rise, arising, beginnings, emergence, incipience, incunabula, nascence. infant, n. 1. baby, babe, newborn babe, bambino, toddler, (Amer. Ind.) papoose, neonate; suckling, nursling, weanling, foundling.
2. beginner, novice, novitiate, neophyte, tyro, amateur, rookie, greenhorn, tenderfoot, newcomer, new boy; student, pupil, freshman, Inf. frosh or freshie, learner, initiate, apprentice, trainee; recruit, raw recruit, abecedarian, catechumen.
3. ingdnue, unsophisticate, innocent, simple soul, child, mere child, babe in the woods, lamb. infanticide, n. 1. (all of a child) murder, homicide, slaying, killing.
2. (all of a child) murderer, killer, slayer. infantile, adj. 1. babyish, childish, Rare, childly, puerile, infantine, infant; immature, juvenile, adolescent.
2. newborn, newfledged, unfledged, callow, unripe, green, raw, undeveloped, wet behind the ears; in the cradle, in swaddling clothes, in diapers, Brit, in nappies, at the breast, on the bottle.
3. beginning, initial, incipient, introductory, inchoate; formative, creative, natal, nascent, incunabular. infantry, n. foot soldiers, foot, groundtroops, trymen, men-at-arms, Sl. grunts, Sl. dogfaces, Sl. footsloggers; rank and file, cannon fodder, (in U.S. army) G.I.'s or Yanks or doughboys, (in British army) Tommies or (esp. of Scot. troops) Jocks. infatuate, v. 1. stultify, besot, befool, make a fool of, Sl. make a monkey of.
2. enamor, endear, win or capture one's heart, take the fancy of, Inf. make a hit with; charm, captivate, intrigue, allure, beguile, turn one's head, Sl. turn on; entrance, enrapture, enravish, enthrall, hold in thrall, transport, carry away, sweep off one's feet; bewitch, ensorcell, spellbind, mesmerize, hypnotize; obsess, possess, beset, preoccupy, grip, hold, not let go.
-n. 3. fanatic, zealot, devotee, enthusiast, aficionado, energumen, Inf. fan, Inf. buff, Sl. nut, Sl. bug, Sl. freak, Sl. hound, Sl. fiend, Sl. demon, Sl. sucker for. infatuated, adj. 1. enamored, taken with, Inf. smitten, Inf. sweet on, Sl. stuck on; in love, hopelessly in love, head over heels in love, Inf. keen about, Inf. mad about, Inf. crazy about, Inf. wild about, Sl. nuts about; charmed, fascinated, captivated, intrigued, beguiled, bewitched, spellbound, mesmerized, hypnotized; possessed, obsessed, fixated, preoccupied, gripped, held, Sl. hung up.
2. fond, overfond, affectionate, overaffectionate, doting, loving. infatuation, n. 1. stultification; captivation, allurement, beguilement, ensorcellment, mesmerization, hypnotization.
2. foolishness, besottedness, self-deception, self-delusion, blindness; dotage, fondness; fanaticism, overzealousness, over eager ness, overenthusiasm.
3. liking, passing fancy; Inf. crush; love, Inf. puppy love, Inf. calf love.
4. craze, mania, passion, furor, rage; fascination, Sl. bug; obsession, prepossession, fixation, complex, monomania, Sl. hang up. infeasible, adj. impracticable, impractical, unfeasible; unworkable, inoperable, undoable, unperform-able, unnegotiable; impossible, not possible, out of the question; unattainable, unachievable, beyond one; insuperable, insurmountable; improbable, unlikely, hardly possible, doubtful, dubious, questionable.