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Examples of ecstatic in a Sentence
- A few religious denominations—Pentecostalism, for example—still offer a collective ecstatic experience, as did rock culture at its height. But the ecstatic religions tend to be marginal, and rock has been tamed for commercial consumption … —Barbara Ehrenreich, Civilization, June/July 2000
- … in dietary terms we are veritable troglodytes (which, speaking personally, is all right by me). I think this explains a lot, not least my expanding sense of dismay as the waiter bombarded us with ecstatic descriptions of roulades, ratatouilles, empanadas, langostinos … and goodness knows what else. —Bill Bryson, I'm a Stranger Here Myself, 1999
He was ecstatic when he heard that he was going to be a father.
a football player who was ecstatic upon receiving a full athletic scholarship to the college of his choice
Recent Examples of ecstatic from the Web
With clear, broad podium gestures, Scaglione shaped the noble opening, the ecstatic central section, and the triumphant processional that concludes the overture.
The writing was mature and aching, and the arrangements poignantly stark or ecstatic.
Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown lauds defensive players, ecstatic early in spring football.
Going to church meant sensing something just out of reach — a sense of connection to this pale man, or the sermon, or the songs — the ecstatic faith that seemed to swell inside everyone else.
After the University of Kansas men's basketball team eliminated Duke in overtime, the ecstatic Jayhawk players proudly showed off their fresh Final Four merch.
After the free spirited collie obliviously stumbled upon the country's most in demand item, Corbett did the honourable thing and went straight to the local police station to hand it in; breathless, ecstatic... and still in his slippers.
Borys was thrilled enough to be a guest, but ecstatic when he was asked to create something for the event the next year.
Sadness set in as everyone else appeared to be immersed in ecstatic sensation.
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Did You Know?
Ecstatic has been used in our language since at least 1590, and the noun "ecstasy" is even older, dating from the 1300s. Both derive from the Greek verb existanai ("to put out of place"), which was used in a Greek phrase meaning "to drive someone out of his or her mind." That seems an appropriate history for words that can describe someone who is nearly out of his or her mind with intense emotion. In early use, "ecstatic" was sometimes linked to mystic trances, out-of-body experiences, and temporary madness. Today, however, it most typically implies a state of enthusiastic excitement or intense happiness.
blue, brokenhearted, crestfallen, dejected, despondent, disconsolate, disheartened, doleful, down, downcast, downhearted, forlorn, gloomy, glum, hangdog, heartbroken, heartsick, heartsore, inconsolable, joyless, low, low-spirited, melancholy, miserable, mournful, sad, saddened, sorrowful, sorry, unhappy, woebegone, woeful, wretched;
on cloud nine, over the moon;
ECSTATIC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ecstatic for English Language Learners
: very happy or excited : feeling or showing ecstasy
ECSTATIC Defined for Kids
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