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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
Wednesday's 95-minute show began in adorable fashion, with Flea jamming on bass, sitting next to a few ecstatic kids watching the concert from the stage.
Hanging over their every move, D’Angelo was full of ecstatic, obsessive adoration.
But perhaps things really are changing because Fox was ecstatic to be the fifth overall selection by the Kings on Thursday.
Robertson, the star of the 1955 and ’56 championship teams, was ecstatic.
A fiery gay-book-club conversation, then, can act as emotional fluffer, pitting its members against each other and priming them for ecstatic, headboard-rattling makeup sex.
The women competing in canoe slalom, at least, were ecstatic.
Jesus’ Son is about the force of addiction and the only thing that can overmaster it: the ecstatic experience of God.
Both foster families and pet owners are ecstatic when a pet is able to return home.
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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.
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
Definition of ecstatic for Students
: very happy or excited
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