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 rapturous (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


We listened with rapture as the orchestra played. He listened to the wind in the trees, his eyes closed in rapture.


nature lovers will be raptured by the documentary's breathtaking cinematography
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Its reception was tepid compared to the rapture that greeted BBC's Fleabag that July. Michael O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, "From 'Fleabag' to James Bond and Beyond: Phoebe Waller-Bridge on Death and Her Secret New Movie," 14 Aug. 2019 More than anything, Microsoft’s ebook rapture underscores the hidden dangers of the DRM system that underpins most digital purchases. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Microsoft's Ebook Apocalypse Shows the Dark Side of DRM," 30 June 2019 This Thursday, the trio comes in hot off tour with Mini Mansions, ready to deliver the dystopian rapture that has established them as one of L.A.’s most beloved acts. Andrea Domanick, latimes.com, "Best live music in L.A.: James Supercave, ...Trail of Dead, Buscabulla and more," 19 June 2019 Followers of Parmenides worked themselves into logical knots and mystic raptures over the rather blatant contradiction between point five and everyday experience. Quanta Magazine, "Einstein’s Parable of Quantum Insanity," 10 Sep. 2015 In the months before their rapture, the scooters puzzled, infatuated, and infuriated residents. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Electric scooters’ sudden invasion of American cities, explained," 7 Sep. 2018 That was my first taste of the rapture that is giving away baby things. Elyssa Friedland, chicagotribune.com, "We were drowning in diapers and scheduling sex. But then we got our groove back.," 9 June 2018 Then, in the 81st minute, Vecino headed home from a corner to send Inter into raptures, and Lazio into desperation. SI.com, "Lazio 2-3 Inter: Stunning Inter Comeback Breaks Lazio Hearts & Seals Champions League Qualification," 20 May 2018 That sent Peru’s marvelous traveling fanbase into rapture and left them feeling good about one of the defining feel-good stories of the tournament. Grant Wahl, SI.com, "Argentina Gets a Clean World Cup Slate After Marcos Rojo's Heroic Volley," 26 June 2018

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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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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