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

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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 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, "Seared scallops with a bright mint-and-pea sauce is like spring on a plate," 20 Apr. 2021 Ax evinced a keen sense of the music’s drama, moving effortlessly from magical delicacy to rhapsodic passion. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "Review: Emanuel Ax shows why he’s a rare breed among concert pianists in Dallas Symphony programs," 16 Apr. 2021 In her first big-screen turn as the overeager and impressionable Kitty Bennet, the younger sister of Jane (Rosamund Pike) and Elizabeth (Keira Knightley) in Joe Wright’s rhapsodic adaptation of Jane Austen, Mulligan shines. Radhika Seth, Vogue, "13 Films That Prove Carey Mulligan Is One of the Best Actors of Her Generation," 10 Apr. 2021 Williams asks one of their guests, the actress Uzo Aduba, who responds with a rhapsodic reverie on Ms. Pac-Man and Mortal Kombat. New York Times, "The Black Nerds Redefining the Culture," 24 Mar. 2021 Even more striking is his Liebestod, in Liszt’s arrangement—a free, rhapsodic, surprisingly graceful account, in keeping with Proust’s tendency to cherish Wagner on his own terms, without grandiose hysteria. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Conjuring the Music of Proust’s Salons," 15 Mar. 2021 Not long after his train pulled in to the New Jersey Avenue Station, Revels, wearing a black suit and a neat beard beneath cheekbones fresh from a shave, was greeted by a rhapsodic Black public. New York Times, "Raphael Warnock and the Solitude of the Black Senator," 20 Jan. 2021 The young philosopher’s rhapsodic and unworldly search for truth is wonderfully embedded in the everyday domestic life of late 18th-century Germany. Hermione Lee, WSJ, "Five Best: Hermione Lee on Real Lives Reimagined," 15 Jan. 2021 Errol Morris' rhapsodic 1997 documentary about a bunch of monomaniacs features a xylophone-heavy score and the roboticist Rodney Brooks. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, "My Roomba Has Achieved Enlightenment," 20 Oct. 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 10 May. 2021.

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