ec·​stat·​ic | \ ek-ˈsta-tik How to pronounce ecstatic (audio) , ik-ˈsta-\

Definition of ecstatic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or marked by ecstasy


ec·​stat·​ic | \ ek-ˈsta-tik How to pronounce ecstatic (audio) , ik-ˈsta-\

Definition of ecstatic (Entry 2 of 2)

: one that is subject to ecstasies

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ecstatically \ ek-​ˈsta-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce ecstatically (audio) , ik-​ˈsta-​ \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for ecstatic

Synonyms: Adjective

elated, elevated, enrapt, enraptured, entranced, euphoric, exhilarated, giddy, heady, intoxicated, rapt, rapturous, rhapsodic (also rhapsodical)

Antonyms: Adjective


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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.

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In short, Irina seemed absolutely ecstatic for the pair. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "See Irina Shayk's Reaction After Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper Sang "Shallow" at the Oscars," 25 Feb. 2019 Twitter fans were ecstatic for the model's runway return. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Kendall Jenner Just Walked in the Burberry Show Following a Break from the Runway," 17 Sep. 2018 Harry Potter enthusiasts are obviously ecstatic to see Evanna Lynch — known to Potterheads as Luna Lovegood — while Bachelorette fans can't wait to see what heartthrob Grocery Joe Amabile will do. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The New 'Dancing With the Stars' Cast Is Sparking A LOT of Drama," 12 Sep. 2018 While little kids may be excited to see the newest attraction, one group is not so ecstatic: That would be PETA, aka People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Madeleine Marr, miamiherald, "Zoo Miami is really happy about its newest elephant. PETA isn't. | Miami Herald," 9 May 2018 Gantz, a tall, telegenic ex-general with salty hair, delivered his keynote speech to an ecstatic crowd of thousands of people. Aron Heller, The Seattle Times, "Israeli ex-army chief launches campaign to replace Netanyahu," 29 Jan. 2019 The couple's first baby is due in the Spring of 2019, and royal fans are obviously ecstatic about the news. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Just Wore the Chicest Emilia Wickstead Dress, & It's Still Available to Shop," 20 Oct. 2018 And as Rihanna's makeup shared, there's even one more reason to be ecstatic about the Gloss Bomb. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna’s Makeup Artist Revealed Fenty Beauty’s Gloss Bomb Can Be Used as Chapstick," 6 Sep. 2018 The first content creator to get featured on the FouseyTube channel has been publicly ecstatic to have gotten the opportunity to bring his content to a wider audience. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "A controversial YouTuber’s suicidal claims have fans questioning his motives," 24 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of ecstatic


1590, in the meaning defined above


1659, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ecstatic


borrowed from Medieval Latin ecstaticus, extaticus, borrowed from Greek ekstatikós "inclined to depart from, out of one's senses, causing mental derangement," from eksta-, stem of existánai "to displace, confound," exístasthai "to be astonished, lose consciousness" + -t-, verbal adjective suffix (after statós "standing") + -ikos -ic entry 1 — more at ecstasy


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English Language Learners Definition of ecstatic

: very happy or excited : feeling or showing ecstasy


ec·​stat·​ic | \ ek-ˈsta-tik How to pronounce ecstatic (audio) \

Kids Definition of ecstatic

: very happy or excited

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