Top Definition
The uncontrollable urge to dance to relieve one's melancholy.
I think I've got a bad case of tarantism, I just can't seem to stop myself from getting down and funky.

It's really a word, look it up in the real dictionary.
by sean82fta August 13, 2005
(TAR-uhn-tiz-uhm)- An uncontrollable urge to dance - After Taranto, a town in southern Italy where this phenomenon was experienced during the 15-17th centuries. It's not clear whether tarantism was the symptom of a spider's bite or its cure, or it may have been just a pretext to dodge a
prohibition against dancing. The names of the dance tarantella and the spider tarantula are both derived from the same place.
"The director is in a wild delirium, spinning in circles as though stricken with tarantism, his whirring camera held at arm's length, panning, tilting, arcing and oscillating and making other moves that have no name."
by JRob August 25, 2006
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