ecstasy

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noun ec·sta·sy \ ˈek-stə-sē \

Definition of ecstasy

plural ecstasies
1 a :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

Examples of ecstasy in a Sentence

  1. His performance sent the audience into ecstasies.

  2. actors are typically in ecstasy upon winning an Oscar

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Origin and Etymology 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

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 (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

ECSTASY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of ecstasy for English Language Learners

  • : a state of very great happiness : extreme delight

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


ECSTASY Defined for Kids

ecstasy

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noun ec·sta·sy \ ˈek-stə-sē \

Definition of ecstasy for Students

plural ecstasies
:very great happiness or delight

Medical Dictionary

ecstasy

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noun ec·sta·sy \ ˈek-stə-sē \

medical Definition of ecstasy

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

play \ek-ˈstat-ik\ adjective


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