ec·​sta·​sy | \ ˈek-stə-sē How to pronounce ecstasy (audio) \
plural ecstasies

Definition of ecstasy

1a : 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

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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 (such 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

Examples of ecstasy in a Sentence

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

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Court documents say some of the suspects arranged buys of bulk quantities of cocaine and meth in the U.S. for importation to Canada, and then would arrange for MDMA, commonly called ecstasy, to be sent from Canada to the U.S. for sale. NBC News, "30 indicted in alleged international drug-trafficking ring in U.S., Mexico and Canada," 6 Sep. 2019 Barini said the pimp -- identified in the complaint as an unnamed co-conspirator -- gave Zamperoni liquid ecstasy and would not let Barini call police when Zamperoni did not wake up. Emanuella Grinberg, CNN, "Sex worker faces drug-related charges in death of chef Andrea Zamperoni and two others," 27 Aug. 2019 But those efforts stalled when the U.S. federal government — in light of the growing popularity of ecstasy as a recreational drug — designatedit a Schedule I drug in 1985. Will Stone, Scientific American, "MDMA, Or Ecstasy, Shows Promise As A PTSD Treatment," 21 Aug. 2019 My identities had collapsed onto one another, too, in these moments of private ecstasy. Jason Parham, WIRED, "When Influencers Switch Platforms—and Bare It All," 19 Aug. 2019 Guardiola's agony was the polar opposite to Mauricio Pochettino's ecstasy, as the Argentine boss declared his deep affection for the new technology in place., "Pep Guardiola Slams 'Incredible' Decisions as VAR Denies Man City Win Over Spurs," 17 Aug. 2019 Carlson says, as Jaws stretches out his neck in what looks to be the Galápagos tortoise version of extreme ecstasy. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Beneath all the warm fuzzies, new Animal Planet series on San Diego Zoo an eye-opening look at conservation," 14 Aug. 2019 There’s a constant fear of failure surrounding critiques of this team, a sense that July’s ecstasy could become autumn’s malaise, and Bochy made his entrance Saturday in the wake of a bitter loss to the Phillies just hours before. Bruce Jenkins,, "Power and pitching: Like old times for the Giants," 10 Aug. 2019 Simpson was arrested on multiple charges including aggravated assault on a police officer, aggravated battery, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and trafficking ecstasy, the Dunwoody Police Department said. Fox News, "Georgia cop holds on to suspect's vehicle as he's dragged onto freeway after traffic stop, video shows," 3 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of ecstasy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for ecstasy

Middle English exstasie, extasy "elation," borrowed from Middle French extasie, "stupor, transported state," borrowed from Late Latin ecstasis, extasis "trance, swoon, profound sleep," borrowed from Greek ékstasis "displacement, mental distraction, astonishment, trance," from eksta-, stem of existánai "to displace, drive out of one's senses, confound," exístasthai "to be astonished, lose consciousness" (from ex- ex- entry 3 + histánai "to cause to stand, place," hístasthai "to be standing") + -sis -sis — more at stand entry 1

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English Language Learners 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


ec·​sta·​sy | \ ˈek-stə-sē How to pronounce ecstasy (audio) \
plural ecstasies

Kids Definition of ecstasy

: very great happiness or delight


ec·​sta·​sy | \ ˈek-stə-sē How to pronounce ecstasy (audio) \
plural ecstasies

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

Other Words from ecstasy

ecstatic \ ek-​ˈstat-​ik How to pronounce ecstatic (audio) \ adjective

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