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rap·​ture ˈrap-chər How to pronounce rapture (audio)
: an expression or manifestation of ecstasy or passion
: a state or experience of being carried away by overwhelming emotion
: a mystical experience in which the spirit is exalted to a knowledge of divine things
often capitalized : the final assumption of Christians into heaven during the end-time according to Christian theology
ˈrap-chə-rəs How to pronounce rapture (audio)
rapturously adverb
rapturousness noun


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raptured; rapturing; raptures

transitive verb

: to fill with joy : enrapture
How buoyant his heart! and so melted with tender thoughts, so raptured with imaginings!Baynard Rush Hall
An entire generation is raptured by the Netflix original, "Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness."Rachel Mckenzie
: to cause (a Christian believer) to be taken up into heaven during the end-time
He clearly and persuasively argues from Scripture that Christians … will be rapturedOctavio Paz
The whole chapter is Paul's exhortation concerning Christ's resurrection. … He talks about those who will not die but be changed (raptured) and receive their glorified bodies.Tara Wentworth
… the faithful would have a reward better than eternal life after death. They'd skip death entirely, rapturedJoshua Rivera
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of rapture in a Sentence

Noun We listened with rapture as the orchestra played. He listened to the wind in the trees, his eyes closed in rapture. Verb nature lovers will be raptured by the documentary's breathtaking cinematography
Recent Examples on the Web
Hollywood reacts to Trump’s guilty verdict with rage, rapture. Andrew J. Campa, Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2024 Perceive Its Beauty, Acknowledge Its Grace swaps raucous raptures for meditation, leaving his saxophone at the door in favor of various woodwinds. Madison Bloom, Pitchfork, 19 Mar. 2024
Yet Mendes mostly sees a cheap, useful instrument in Deakins—a shortcut to rapture. A.a. Dowd, Chron, 8 Dec. 2022 Monk’s story is peppered with supernatural details, talk of evil spirits and unaccountable noises, and even an extremely old nun who may or may not rapture herself to heaven daily. Mike Mariani, Slate Magazine, 22 Mar. 2017 See all Example Sentences for rapture 

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Word History



rapt + -ure; (sense 3) probably after the use of rapere in the Vulgate (1 Thessalonians 4:17) to translate Greek harpázein "to take hold of, seize, snatch up"


derivative of rapture entry 1

First Known Use


1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1636, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rapture was in 1594

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“Rapture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rapture. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a strong feeling of joy, delight, or love
rapturously adverb
rapturousness noun

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