ecstatic

adjective
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

ecstatic

noun
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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Other Words from ecstatic

Adjective

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

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Synonyms: Adjective

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Adjective

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

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Bottom line, if November’s tournament is able to make a definitive profit again, Lewis will be ecstatic. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "COVID-19’s crunch on local economy set to present unique hurdles for Texas Invitational fundraising," 18 Apr. 2020 Devin said of a 95-yard touchdown pass, when Evans beat his defender and raced to glory along the right sideline and right in front of his ecstatic teammates. Brent Zwerneman, ExpressNews.com, "Texas A&M recruit Devin Price right at home at Kyle Field," 14 Apr. 2020 Again and again, Schlesinger tinkered with that same juxtaposition of ecstatic feelings and common life. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Adam Schlesinger’s Deceptively Chipper American Dream," 3 Apr. 2020 And through its traditionally hand-drawn approach to realizing its world, The Lion King brings a measure of expressive, ecstatic humanity to its animal kingdom. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to watch on Disney+ while social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic," 28 Mar. 2020 Sufism is a mystic practice of Islam, with a focus on gaining knowledge via a direct experience of God, often accompanied by dancing, spinning, singing, and sometimes ecstatic trance. Aaron Huey, National Geographic, "Will a deadly virus stop us from handshakes?," 16 Mar. 2020 While the news may be disappointing, there's a silver lining guaranteed to make any SVU fan ecstatic. Erin Cavoto, Country Living, "A New Episode of 'Law & Order: SVU' Won't Air for Weeks," 5 Mar. 2020 In 2007 the national mood was one of ecstatic bloodlust, war drums, and camo-prints, and Dolce & Gabbana ads featured nearly naked models in apocalyptic deserts being pawed into orgasmic submission by cheetahs. Cintra Wilson, The New York Review of Books, "Waste Not, Shop Not," 11 Feb. 2020 The shelter was ecstatic that Sandi finally found her forever home. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Dog who'd been in a shelter for more than 6 years — longer than any employee there — finally gets adopted," 6 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Bong, his camera at once ecstatic and controlled, brings the pieces together with the brio of a conductor attacking a great symphony. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Thrilling and devastating, ‘Parasite’ is one of the year’s very best movies," 9 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of ecstatic

Adjective

1590, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1659, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ecstatic

Adjective

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

Noun

derivative of ecstatic entry 1

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10 May 2020

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“Ecstatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ecstatic. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for ecstatic

ecstatic

adjective
How to pronounce ecstatic (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of ecstatic

: very happy or excited : feeling or showing ecstasy

ecstatic

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

Kids Definition of ecstatic

: very happy or excited

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