rapt

[rapt]
adjective
1.
deeply engrossed or absorbed: a rapt listener.
2.
transported with emotion; enraptured: rapt with joy.
3.
showing or proceeding from rapture: a rapt smile.
4.
carried off spiritually to another place, sphere of existence, etc.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English (past participle of rapen to carry off, abduct, rape) < Latin raptus seized, carried off (past participle of rapere), equivalent to rap- (see rape1) + -tus past participle suffix

raptly, adverb
raptness, noun

rapt, wrapped, wrapt.


2. ecstatic, spellbound, bewitched.
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rapt1 (ræpt)
 
adj
1.  totally absorbed; engrossed; spellbound, esp through or as if through emotion: rapt with wonder
2.  characterized by or proceeding from rapture: a rapt smile
 
[C14: from Latin raptus carried away, from rapere to seize; see rape1]
 
'raptly1
 
adv

rapt2 (ræpt)
 
adj
informal (Austral), (NZ) Also: wrapped very pleased: delighted

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rapt
c.1400, "carried away" (in an ecstatic trance), from L. raptus, pp. of rapere "seize, carry off" (see rapid). Sense of "engrossed" first recorded 1509. As a pp. adj. in Eng., the back-formed verb rap "to affect with rapture" was common c.1600-1750. The fig. sense is from the
notion of "carried up into Heaven (bodily or in a dream)," as in a saint's vision.
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Cultural Dictionary

rap definition


A form of pop music characterized by spoken or chanted rhymed lyrics, with a syncopated, repetitive accompaniment. Rap music originated in the second half of the twentieth century in black urban communities. (See also hip-hop.)

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The professor's bespectacled face listens raptly on each foot--perfect for that colleague with the outsized ego.
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