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[ek-stat-ik] /ɛkˈstæt ɪk/
of, relating to, or characterized by ecstasy or a state of sudden, intense, overpowering emotion: an ecstatic frenzy;
ecstatic cheering for the winning team.
subject to or in a state of ecstasy; full of joy; rapturous:
They are absolutely ecstatic about their new baby.
a person subject to fits of ecstasy:
The author, a known ecstatic, could write only in fits of rage or glee.
Origin of ecstatic
1620-30; (< Middle French extatique) < Medieval Latin ecstaticus < Greek ekstatikós, equivalent to ek- ec- + statikós static. See ecstasy
Related forms
ecstatically, adverb
nonecstatic, adjective
nonecstatically, adverb
unecstatic, adjective
unecstatically, adverb Unabridged
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  • The school board was happy, the community was proud, and the students were ecstatic.
  • When the doctor is ecstatic, that's a very good sign.
  • When the announcement of the iPad came through the tech grapevine, all of us geeks were more than ecstatic.
  • My son was ecstatic to see real navy warships after spending lots of time reading about them.
  • By the afternoon the ecstatic photographer was aboard a tugboat headed to the scene.
  • We were even more thrilled, relieved and ecstatic.
  • Everyone I've spoken with is ecstatic.
  • He crossed the line in an ecstatic flurry of arms and legs, then pumped his fists in victory.
  • My father was ecstatic when I joined the postal service.
  • Their art was often a result of their ecstatic male gaze on the mostly passive female form.
British Dictionary definitions for ecstatic


in a trancelike state of great rapture or delight
showing or feeling great enthusiasm: ecstatic applause
a person who has periods of intense trancelike joy
Derived Forms
ecstatically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for ecstatic

1590s, "mystically absorbed, stupefied," from Greek ekstatikos "unstable," from ekstasis (see ecstatic). Meaning "characterized by intense emotions" is from 1660s, now usually pleasurable ones, but not originally always so. Related: Ecstatical; ecstatically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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