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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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 11 Aug. 2020.

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