ecstasy


ec·sta·sy

noun \ˈek-stə-sē\

: a state of very great happiness : extreme delight

: an illegal drug that is used to produce a feeling of excitement and pleasure

plural ec·sta·sies

Full Definition of ECSTASY

1
a :  a state of being beyond reason and self-control
b archaic :  swoon
2
:  a state of overwhelming emotion; especially :  rapturous delight
3
:  trance; especially :  a mystic or prophetic trance
4
often capitalized :  a synthetic amphetamine analog C11H15NO2 used illicitly for its mood-enhancing and hallucinogenic properties —called also MDMA

Examples of ECSTASY

  1. His performance sent the audience into ecstasies.
  2. <actors are typically in ecstasy upon winning an Oscar>

Origin of ECSTASY

Middle English extasie, from Middle French, from Late Latin ecstasis, from Greek ekstasis, from existanai to derange, from ex- out + histanai to cause to stand — more at ex-, stand
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of ECSTASY

ecstasy, rapture, transport mean intense exaltation of mind and feelings. ecstasy and rapture both suggest a state of trance or near immobility produced by an overpowering emotion. ecstasy may apply to any strong emotion (as joy, fear, rage, adoration) <religious ecstasy>. rapture usually implies intense bliss or beatitude <in speechless rapture>. transport applies to any powerful emotion that lifts one out of oneself and usually provokes vehement expression or frenzied action <in a transport of rage>.

Other Occult Terms

augury, censor, invocation, lucidity, metempsychosis, mojo, numinous, preternatural, weird, wraith

ec·sta·sy

noun \ˈek-stə-sē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural ec·sta·sies

Medical Definition of ECSTASY

1
: a trance state in which intense absorption (as in religious ideation) is accompanied by loss of sense perception and voluntary control
2
often capitalized : a synthetic amphetamine analog C11H15NO2 used illicitly for its mood-enhancing and hallucinogenic properties—called also MDMA, methylenedioxymethamphetamine, XTC
ec·stat·ic \ek-ˈstat-ik\ adjective

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