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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
Oregon State was ecstatic about their new houseguests for the weekend.
Montgomery County leaders were ecstatic about the new map, which for the first time in decades gave the county its own district.
While deficit-hawks look on in disgust and tax experts grumble about fine print which is an utter mess, bosses are ecstatic.
Trump was ecstatic over the news tweeting early in the day Korean War to end.
As the United States moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the Israeli government was ecstatic.
Fans were ecstatic when the announcement was finally made on ESPN’s draft lottery show.
Locals, however, who were expected to start using the bridge on Wednesday, were ecstatic.
Privately, however, executives had to be ecstatic and were undoubtedly enriched.
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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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