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
Recent Examples on the Web Nearly half of Wilson’s rhapsodic monologues and banter among the session musicians has been cut or substantially condensed. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ review: In 1927 Chicago, Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis and August Wilson play glorious three-part harmony," 20 Nov. 2020 In rhapsodic words attributed to the 13th-century Persian poet and Sufi mystic Rumi on the metaphysical benefits of self-denial, If the sound box is stuffed full of anything, no music. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, "Sedentary Pandemic Life Is Bad for Our Happiness," 19 Nov. 2020 The trial is a bed represented by a horizontal beam of light that ever so slowly rises like a giant clock hand and then lifts into space, accompanied by a rhapsodic organ cadenza. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, "Philip Glass and ‘Einstein on the Beach’: How one opera changed everything," 18 Nov. 2020 Pope is generally disinclined as a writer towards rhapsodic flourishes and hyperbole. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "New collection of essays recalls wild adventures in a recent, but very different, Alaska," 11 Oct. 2020 Spare and rhapsodic, Eartheater is set on the margins of an unnamed Latin American city and follows a teenage clairvoyant who communes with the dead by eating dirt. Wired Staff, Wired, "13 Books You Need to Read This Fall," 29 Sep. 2020 But this caricature of Fitzgerald as frivolous and unfailingly rhapsodic obscures the bracing acidity of his satire and the cool eye of his intelligence. Sarah Churchwell, The New York Review of Books, "The Oracle of Our Unease," 22 Sep. 2020 Plus, most of the footage throughout the documentary falls under the umbrella term, never-before-seen, so this film series is far more powerful than a dose of rhapsodic nostalgia. oregonlive, "Watch ‘The Last Dance,’ but also these other great sports documentaries," 3 May 2020 Cliburn’s playing is rhapsodic, yet also refreshingly direct and clearheaded, offering a young American’s take on an iconic Russian work. New York Times, "When Coronavirus Cancels Concerts, Critics Put on Headphones," 13 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of rhapsodic

1782, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Rhapsodic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhapsodic. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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