ecstasy

noun

ec·​sta·​sy ˈek-stə-sē How to pronounce ecstasy (audio)
plural ecstasies
1
: a state of overwhelming emotion
especially : rapturous delight
2
often capitalized : a synthetic amphetamine analog C11H15NO2 used illicitly for its mood-enhancing and hallucinogenic properties

called also MDMA

3
: trance
especially : a mystic or prophetic trance
4
a
: a state of being beyond reason and self-control
b
archaic : swoon
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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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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4a

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The first known use of ecstasy was in the 14th century

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“Ecstasy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ecstasy. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

ecstasy

noun
ec·​sta·​sy ˈek-stə-sē How to pronounce ecstasy (audio)
plural ecstasies
1
: a state of being beyond reason and self-control
2
: a state of overwhelming emotion
an ecstasy of fear
especially : very great joy
3
: a drug used illegally to stimulate the central nervous system and to cause hallucinations
ecstatic
ek-ˈstat-ik
ik-
adjective
ecstatically
-i-k(ə-)lē
adverb

Medical Definition

ecstasy

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

ecstatic adjective

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