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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
Jose Abreu doesn’t show a lot of emotion on the field, but the White Sox slugger was ecstatic Sunday after learning he was selected by fans as the American League’s starting first baseman in the 2018 All-Star Game in Washington.
Nevertheless, the Huntington Beach High School surf coach had reason to be ecstatic.
At first, Della is ecstatic about the prospect of baking the cake for Jen’s upcoming wedding.
Bretman Rock was ecstatic with the news from Ulta Beauty about his limited-edition Babe in Paradise collaboration with Morphe.
Moore and Miller have performed well in Hill's absence, but the team was ecstatic to finally have its defensive stopper back in the lineup.
As a solo artist, Uli Jon Roth’s playing is epic and heroic, unafraid of bombast and ecstatic shredding.
Much to the delight of Howenstine and the other festival organizers, the response among fans to Pitbull has been nothing short of ecstatic.
Late on a Thursday night in a faraway corner of Old Kabul, a community of musicians and worshippers gathers for an evening of solemn prayer, ecstatic singing, and melodies from days long forgotten.
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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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