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This is in the spirit of the What is a Word™/Phrase™ series started by JLee with a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles.

If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it an Infatuated Word™.

Use the following examples below to find the rule:

Infatuated Words™ Not Infatuated Words™
RANDOM ARBITRARY
SQUEAK SCREECH
VOLUME QUANTITY
DECIBEL KILOGRAM
FORMULA METHOD
LUNATIC PSYCHOPATH
VESTIGE REMNANT
ICEFIELD GLACIER
RECKLESS AUDACIOUS
UNOPENED CLOSED
EMBEZZLERS PICKPOCKETS
GODFATHERS PATRONS

And, if you want to analyse, here is a CSV version:

Infatuated Words™,Not Infatuated Words™
RANDOM,ARBITRARY
SQUEAK,SCREECH
VOLUME,QUANTITY
DECIBEL,KILOGRAM
FORMULA,METHOD
LUNATIC,PSYCHOPATH
VESTIGE,REMNANT
ICEFIELD,GLACIER
RECKLESS,AUDACIOUS
UNOPENED,CLOSED
EMBEZZLERS,PICKPOCKETS
GODFATHERS,PATRONS
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  • $\begingroup$ RANDOM -> FANDOM, SQUEAK -> SQUEAL... Maybe this pattern continues by converting words into things related to infatuation? $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 16, 2016 at 18:17
  • $\begingroup$ @Wu33o I am still one of those unable to have solved such puzzles and to my curiosity why are the puzzles provided in cvs format? Does is help solving it? $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 17, 2016 at 9:58
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    $\begingroup$ @me_digvijay Sometimes people want to write a program to check the words for certain properties. For example, if you want to take the ASCII value of each letter and add those up you can do it all by hand, but it's faster to write a very simple program to do it. When the words are in csv format it's way easier to use them as input, so you don't have to copy every word. $\endgroup$
    – Wu33o
    Commented Nov 17, 2016 at 10:16

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An Infatuated Word™ is:

an anagram formed after adding exactly 2 letters to a word meaning "love" (in different languages)

Examples that I spotted directly:

- RANDOM - AMOR (Spanish)
- VOLUME - LOVE (English)
- FORMULA - AMOUR (French)

The others, after consulting this link:

- DECIBEL - LIEBE (German)
- LUNATIC - CINTA (Indonesian)
- SQUEAK - SUKA (Malay) ASK (Turkish)
- VESTIGE - SEVGI (Azerbaijani / Uzbek)
- ICEFIELD - LIEFDE (Dutch)
- RECKLESS - ELSKER (Danish)
- UNOPENED - UPENDO (Swahili)
- EMBEZZLERS - SZERELEM (Hungarian)
- GODFATHERS - DRAGOSTE (Romanian)

I initially thought that REMNANT was NOT a Not Infatuated Word™ because:

- REMNANT - AME (Portuguese)
... but this seems to be a verb form rather than a noun form
... and more than 2 letters are added. (Thanks to OP for the hint.)

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  • $\begingroup$ I am a native Portuguese speaker and I confirm that "AME" is a verbal form, not a noun form. The noun form is "AMOR". The form "AME" is used in imperative and subjunctive verbal forms like "Ame a si mesmo." (Love thyself.) or "Espero que Pedro ame Maria." (I hope that Peter loves Mary.) $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 16, 2016 at 18:52
  • $\begingroup$ Please please please let there be Czech... $\endgroup$
    – user21233
    Commented Nov 16, 2016 at 19:09
  • $\begingroup$ I knew it! I just couldn't match squeak with anything. -.- $\endgroup$
    – Alenanno
    Commented Nov 16, 2016 at 19:19
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    $\begingroup$ There's one incorrect explanation. If you look at the word length you'll know which one. That also rules out Remnant as an Infatuated Word™, in addition to the explanation you've already given. Nevertheless, I'll accept your answer, good job :) $\endgroup$
    – Wu33o
    Commented Nov 17, 2016 at 8:37
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    $\begingroup$ @RudolfL.Jelínek: It's jackals you need! $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 17, 2016 at 19:16

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