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

Definition of rhapsodic

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

Other Words from rhapsodic

rhapsodically \ rap-​ˈsä-​di-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce rhapsodic (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 His images of the river are as poetic and rhapsodic as those of the fictionalized Siddheshwari, who is shown in her solitary contemplations and her family relationships. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 3 Nov. 2021 Auster’s rhapsodic treatments of his favorite Crane works — which don’t always overlap with the critical consensus — can be infectious. Mark Athitakis, Los Angeles Times, 21 Oct. 2021 Luke James sings occasional musical interludes, which do add grace and gravity, but Scott’s own rhapsodic mode can be clunky. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 13 Oct. 2021 With barely a pause, Hahn launched into and promptly owned the exuberant third movement, spinning its rhapsodic dance rhythms with force, finesse and, once again, humanity. Washington Post, 1 Oct. 2021 The active piano part contains big clanking dissonances, impressionistic colorings, rapid-fire staccatos and delicate rhapsodic flourishes. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 3 Sep. 2021 Il Trovatore reportedly drew a 42-minute ovation from rhapsodic fans. Jim Beaugez, Rolling Stone, 31 Aug. 2021 Jahn replaced that grim trajectory with a sensually thrilling explosion of light, sound and excitement, designing a rhapsodic experience that emulated the great railroad hubs that once defined Chicago. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, 9 May 2021 So many wax rhapsodic about this combo this time of year when the two ingredients are readily available fresh, and everyone wants to transition from winter’s heavy browns to spring’s light greens. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2021

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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 16 Jan. 2022.

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