rhapsodic

adjective
rhap·​sod·​ic | \ rap-ˈsä-dik How to pronounce rhapsodic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly rhapsodical \ rap-​ˈsä-​di-​kəl How to pronounce rhapsodical (audio) \

Definition of rhapsodic

1 : extravagantly emotional : rapturous
2 : resembling or characteristic of a rhapsody

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Other Words from rhapsodic

rhapsodically \ rap-​ˈsä-​di-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce rhapsodically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of rhapsodic in a Sentence

the jingle used in the commercial is a humorously rhapsodic celebration of fast food

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Kopatchinskaja’s intensely rhapsodic, half-wild approach counterbalanced Petrenko’s penchant for control. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Kirill Petrenko’s Unadventurous Début at the Berlin Philharmonic," 9 Sep. 2019 The rhapsodic lyricism and dry gallows humor, the speed and nimbleness of the tonal shifts, drew me in to these books. Francine Prose, Harper's magazine, "Down and Out in the Peloponnesus," 10 Apr. 2019 His adventures, guided hundreds of miles by Tlingit natives paddling a dugout cedar canoe, became rhapsodic dispatches that found an enthusiastic audience. Mark Adams, New York Times, "A D.I.Y. Trip Through Alaska’s Inside Passage," 21 May 2018 His footwork alone inspires rhapsodic appreciation from veteran fight watchers, and his hand speed is similarly peerless. Greg Beacham, The Seattle Times, "Lomachenko goes Hollywood for title clash with Crolla," 11 Apr. 2019 Over the space of 12 minutes, Chen creates a gently rhapsodic tapestry atop the cushiony sounds of a bass flute and bass drum; spare, tinkly notes gradually coalesce into a series of oscillating harmonies. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Contemporary Players celebrate community in the spirit of Oliveros," 24 Mar. 2018 These two lives glance off each other as lives do, and Mr. Faulks, who can be rhapsodic, is restrained in his depiction of the unlikely alliance. Anna Mundow, WSJ, "‘Paris Echo’ Review: The Light Behind the Veil," 8 Nov. 2018 On the second evening, Mr. Trifonov performed Chopin’s Cello Sonata, a rhapsodic tangle of a piece, with the splendid Gautier Capuçon. New York Times, "Trifonov and Andsnes: Different Generations, Same Curiosity," 4 May 2018 Cecil Taylor, a pianist who challenged the jazz tradition that produced him and became one of the most bracing, rhapsodic, abstract and original improvisers of his time, died on Thursday at his home in Brooklyn. Ben Ratliff, New York Times, "Cecil Taylor, Pianist Who Defied Jazz Orthodoxy, Is Dead at 89," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of rhapsodic

1782, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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