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1rapture

noun rap·ture \ˈrap-chər\

: a state or feeling of great happiness, pleasure, or love

Full Definition of RAPTURE

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:  an expression or manifestation of ecstasy or passion
2
a :  a state or experience of being carried away by overwhelming emotion
b :  a mystical experience in which the spirit is exalted to a knowledge of divine things
3
often capitalized :  the final assumption of Christians into heaven during the end-time according to Christian theology
rap·tur·ous \ˈrap-chə-rəs, ˈrap-shrəs\ adjective
rap·tur·ous·ly adverb
rap·tur·ous·ness noun

Examples of RAPTURE

  1. We listened with rapture as the orchestra played.
  2. He listened to the wind in the trees, his eyes closed in rapture.

Origin of RAPTURE

Latin raptus
First Known Use: 1594

Synonym Discussion of RAPTURE

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>.

2rapture

verb
rap·turedrap·tur·ing

Definition of RAPTURE

transitive verb
:  enrapture

Examples of RAPTURE

  1. <nature lovers will be raptured by the documentary's breathtaking cinematography>

First Known Use of RAPTURE

1637
RAPTURE Defined for Kids

rapture

noun rap·ture \ˈrap-chər\

Definition of RAPTURE for Kids

:  a strong feeling of joy, delight, or love

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