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ecstatic

[ek-stat-ik] /ɛkˈstæt ɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characterized by ecstasy or a state of sudden, intense, overpowering emotion: an ecstatic frenzy;
ecstatic cheering for the winning team.
2.
subject to or in a state of ecstasy; full of joy; rapturous:
They are absolutely ecstatic about their new baby.
noun
3.
a person subject to fits of ecstasy:
The author, a known ecstatic, could write only in fits of rage or glee.
Origin
1620-1630
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
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  • Every fist-pump-worthy high note was ecstatically cheered by an adoring sold-out crowd.
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British Dictionary definitions for ecstatically

ecstatic

/ɛkˈstætɪk/
adjective
1.
in a trancelike state of great rapture or delight
2.
showing or feeling great enthusiasm: ecstatic applause
noun
3.
a person who has periods of intense trancelike joy
Derived Forms
ecstatically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for ecstatically

ecstatic

adj.

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.

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