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 ecstatic (audio) , ik-​ˈsta-​ \ adverb

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Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Ecstatic has been used in our language since the late 16th century, 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 their mind with intense emotion. In early use, ecstatic was sometimes linked to mystic trances, out-of-body experiences, and temporary madness. Today, however, it typically implies a state of enthusiastic excitement or intense happiness.

Examples of ecstatic in a Sentence

Adjective 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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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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