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rapture

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noun rap·ture \ˈrap-chər\

Simple Definition of rapture

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of rapture

  1. 1 :  an expression or manifestation of ecstasy or passion

  2. 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. 3 often capitalized :  the final assumption of Christians into heaven during the end-time according to Christian theology

rapturous play \ˈrap-chə-rəs, ˈrap-shrəs\ adjective
rapturously adverb
rapturousness noun

Examples of rapture in a sentence

  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>.

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rapture

verb, rap·ture

Definition of rapture

rapturedrapturing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  enrapture



Examples of rapture in a sentence

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



1637

First Known Use of rapture

1637



RAPTURE Defined for Kids

rapture

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noun rap·ture \ˈrap-chər\

Definition of rapture for Students

  1. :  a strong feeling of joy, delight, or love





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