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ecstasy

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noun ec·sta·sy \ˈek-stə-sē\

Simple Definition of ecstasy

  • : a state of very great happiness : extreme delight

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

Full Definition of ecstasy

plural ec·sta·sies

  1. 1 a :  a state of being beyond reason and self-control b archaic :  swoon

  2. 2 :  a state of overwhelming emotion; especially :  rapturous delight

  3. 3 :  trance; especially :  a mystic or prophetic trance

  4. 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>.

ECSTASY Defined for Kids

ecstasy

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noun ec·sta·sy \ˈek-stə-sē\

Definition of ecstasy

plural ec·sta·sies

  1. :  very great happiness or delight




Medical Dictionary

ecstasy

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noun ec·sta·sy \ˈek-stə-sē\

Medical Definition of ecstasy

plural ec·sta·sies

  1. 1:  a trance state in which intense absorption (as in religious ideation) is accompanied by loss of sense perception and voluntary control

  2. 2 often capitalized :  a synthetic amphetamine analog C11H15NO2 used illicitly for its mood-enhancing and hallucinogenic properties—called also MDMA, methylenedioxymethamphetamine, XTC

  3. ec·stat·ic \ek-ˈstat-ik\play adjective





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