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rapture

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noun rap·ture \ˈrap-chər\

Definition of rapture

  1. 1 :  an expression or manifestation of ecstasy or passion

  2. 2a :  a state or experience of being carried away by overwhelming emotionb :  a mystical experience in which the spirit is exalted to a knowledge of divine things

  3. 3 often capitalized :  the final assumption of Christians into heaven during the end-time according to Christian theology

rapturous

play \ˈrap-chə-rəs, ˈrap-shrəs\ adjective

rapturously

adverb

rapturousness

noun

Examples of rapture in a Sentence

  1. We listened with rapture as the orchestra played.

  2. He listened to the wind in the trees, his eyes closed in rapture.

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Origin and Etymology of rapture

Latin raptus

Synonym Discussion of rapture

ecstasy, rapture, transport mean intense exaltation of mind and feelings. ecstasy and rapture both suggest a state of trance or near immobility produced by an overpowering emotion. ecstasy may apply to any strong emotion (such as joy, fear, rage, adoration). religious ecstasy rapture usually implies intense bliss or beatitude. in speechless rapture transport applies to any powerful emotion that lifts one out of oneself and usually provokes vehement expression or frenzied action. in a transport of rage

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rapture

verb rap·ture

Definition of rapture

raptured

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rapturing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  enrapture

Examples of rapture in a Sentence

  1. nature lovers will be raptured by the documentary's breathtaking cinematography

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First Known Use of rapture

1637



RAPTURE Defined for English Language Learners

rapture

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Definition of rapture for English Language Learners

  • : a state or feeling of great happiness, pleasure, or love


RAPTURE Defined for Kids

rapture

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noun rap·ture \ˈrap-chər\

Definition of rapture for Students

  1. :  a strong feeling of joy, delight, or love



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