rap·​ture | \ ˈrap-chər How to pronounce rapture (audio) \

Definition of rapture

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1 : an expression or manifestation of ecstasy or passion
2a : a state or experience of being carried away by overwhelming emotion
b : a mystical experience in which the spirit is exalted to a knowledge of divine things
3 often capitalized : the final assumption of Christians into heaven during the end-time according to Christian theology


raptured; rapturing

Definition of rapture (Entry 2 of 2)

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rapturous \ ˈrap-​chə-​rəs How to pronounce rapture (audio) , ˈrap-​shrəs \ adjective
rapturously adverb
rapturousness noun

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That’s hardly the rapture expressed for Barack Obama or Bill Clinton early in their administrations. Los Angeles Times, "Column: ‘Pleasantly boring,’ or how Joe Biden succeeds by not being Donald Trump," 29 Apr. 2021 Parts of the book evince an excitement for the unknown, a thrill not unlike the rapture of Febos’s past. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "Why We Mourn Girlhood," 7 Apr. 2021 The sequence in which the bride embraces the ghost conveys romantic rapture with exquisite nuance and breathtaking stillness. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Duvidha,” an Indian Independent Film That Contains Lessons for American Directors," 15 Apr. 2021 The first novel begins with the rapture of all true Christians from the earth and the chaos that follows. Matthew Avery Sutton, The New Republic, "The Capitol Riot Revealed the Darkest Nightmares of White Evangelical America," 14 Jan. 2021 The music fades, and for the next five minutes, the camera pans through the crowd as a chorus of dancers, eyes closed in rapture, sing through the highs and lows of the song. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "Lovers Rock Is The Most Magical Sexy Party Of The Year (& You Can Attend Safely From Home)," 27 Nov. 2020 To hear that in a lullaby, to hear it in anger or rapture, is an aha moment. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, "Can music bring us unity? How Osvaldo Golijov’s ‘Ayre’ is what we need now," 4 Nov. 2020 Or, better yet, keep your limbs to yourself and express your rapture upon seeing friendly faces—new or old—verbally! Vogue, "The Case Against Hugging," 16 Oct. 2020 The camera in this moment catches the look of rapture on the face of Sanders’s Richard. Washington Post, "Relief from Zoom sometimes comes in a box. A play in a box.," 25 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Nativism, Violence, and the Origins of the Paranoid Style," 22 Mar. 2017 At this time of year, Linnaeus had reached the farthest and most remote part of his journey, an alpine region, where he was driven to rapture by the diversity of flowering plants. James Prosek, New York Times, "A Botanist in Swedish Lapland," 16 May 2017

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First Known Use of rapture


1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1637, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rapture


Latin raptus

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The first known use of rapture was in 1594

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1 May 2021

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“Rapture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rapture. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rapture

literary + formal : a state or feeling of great happiness, pleasure, or love


rap·​ture | \ ˈrap-chər How to pronounce rapture (audio) \

Kids Definition of rapture

: a strong feeling of joy, delight, or love

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