ecstasy

[ek-stuh-see]
noun, plural ecstasies.
1.
rapturous delight.
2.
an overpowering emotion or exaltation; a state of sudden, intense feeling.
3.
the frenzy of poetic inspiration.
4.
mental transport or rapture from the contemplation of divine things.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English extasie < Middle French < Medieval Latin extasis < Greek ékstasis displacement, trance, equivalent to ek- ec- + stásis stasis


2. delight, bliss, elation. Ecstasy, rapture, transport, exaltation share a sense of being taken or moved out of one's self or one's normal state, and entering a state of intensified or heightened feeling. Ecstasy suggests an intensification of emotion so powerful as to produce a trancelike dissociation from all but the single overpowering feeling: an ecstasy of rage, grief, love. Rapture shares the power of ecstasy but most often refers to an elevated sensation of bliss or delight, either carnal or spiritual: the rapture of first love. Transport somewhat less extreme than either ecstasy or rapture implies a strength of feeling that results in expression of some kind: They jumped up and down in a transport of delight. Exaltation refers to a heady sense of personal well-being so powerful that one is lifted above normal emotional levels and above normal people: wild exaltation at having finally broken the record.
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ecstasy (ˈɛkstəsɪ)
 
n , pl -sies
1.  (often plural) a state of exalted delight, joy, etc; rapture
2.  intense emotion of any kind: an ecstasy of rage
3.  psychol overpowering emotion characterized by loss of self-control and sometimes a temporary loss of consciousness: often associated with orgasm, religious mysticism, and the use of certain drugs
4.  archaic a state of prophetic inspiration, esp of poetic rapture
5.  slang 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine; MDMA: a powerful drug that acts as a stimulant and can produce hallucinations
 
[C14: from Old French extasie, via Medieval Latin from Greek ekstasis displacement, trance, from existanai to displace, from ex- out + histanai to cause to stand]

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ecstasy
late 14c., "in a frenzy or stupor, fearful, excited," from O.Fr. extasie, from L.L. extasis, from Gk. ekstasis "trance, distraction," from existanai "displace," also "drive out of one's mind" (existanai phrenon), from ek "out" + histanai "to place, cause to stand," from PIE base *sta- "to stand" (see
stet). Used by 17c. mystical writers for "a state of rapture that stupefied the body while the soul contemplated divine things," which probably helped the meaning shift to "exalted state of good feeling" (1610s). Slang use for the drug 3,4-methylendioxymethamphetamine dates from 1985.
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ecstasy ec·sta·sy (ěk'stə-sē)
n.
MDMA.

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Ecstasy definition

[ˈɛkstəsi]
  1. n.
    a hallucinogen similar to LSD. (Drugs.) : Chemicals with names like “Ecstasy” are being put on the streets every day.
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Example sentences
Under their direction nuns kept diaries of ecstasies and prayer, or sometimes painted their visions directly onto canvas.
In prayer he was often favoured with ecstasies and raptures.
His ecstasies in prayer were frequent, and sometimes of long continuance.
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