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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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  • Something within him whispered, as in the days of early manhood, at the ecstatic hour of sunrise.

  • No lawful passion can ever be so bewildering or ecstatic as an unlawful one.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • There was a dull aching in her heart in the voids left by the ebbing of her ecstatic happiness.

  • But they were suddenly drawn from their ecstatic state by a change about them.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • Carmencita's arms were outstretched and her hands came together with ecstatic emphasis.

    How It Happened Kate Langley Bosher
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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