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)

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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

The video features clips from rehearsals, as well as remarks from members of her tour crew, who, to say the least, seem ecstatic about working with the top-selling female country artist of all time. Rita Thompson, Billboard, "Shania Twain Takes Fans Behind the Magic of Her Now Tour: Watch," 2 July 2018 Bears general manager Ryan Pace was predictably ecstatic Saturday night, arriving in the Halas Hall media room with a big smile and a sense of accomplishment. Dan Wiederer,, "Why Roquan Smith will be the Bears' heartbeat and what that means for their defense," 30 Apr. 2018 Goodell seemed almost ecstatic at the comparative quiet that greeted his arrival, compared to what happened here. Ed Rendell,, "Rendell: The magic of the NFL draft," 27 Apr. 2018 If the Chichester Psalms are serenely joyful, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy is downright ecstatic. Patrick Neas, kansascity, "Magnificent Mozart that ‘lifts you to God’ from William Baker Festival Singers | The Kansas City Star," 7 Apr. 2018 The 48-year-old journalist was nothing but ecstatic to share the news on Instagram. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Real Reason Why Tamron Hall Decided to Leave the 'Today' Show and NBC," 3 Apr. 2019 When hearing the news, Hoda was ecstatic that Jenna would be her new partner in crime on the show. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Today' Host Kathie Lee Gifford Reacts to Jenna Bush Hager Replacing Her," 26 Feb. 2019 Many liberals are ecstatic that Ginsburg plans to stay on the Court until a Democratic president can appoint her successor. Michelle Hunter,, "19-year-old UNO student missing since December: NOPD," 14 Jan. 2018 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

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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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a strong desire or propensity

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