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rapt

[rapt] /ræpt/
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 of rapt
1350-1400
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
Related forms
raptly, adverb
raptness, noun
Can be confused
rapped, rapt, wrapped, wrapt.
Synonyms
2. ecstatic, spellbound, bewitched.
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rapt1

/ræpt/
adjective
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
Derived Forms
raptly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin raptus carried away, from rapere to seize; see rape1

rapt2

/ræpt/
adjective
1.
(Austral & NZ, informal) Also wrapped. very pleased: delighted
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Word Origin and History for raptly

rapt

adj.

late 14c., "carried away in an ecstatic trance," from Latin raptus, past participle of rapere "seize, carry off" (see rape (v.)). A figurative sense, the notion is of "carried up into Heaven (bodily or in a dream)," as in a saint's vision. Latin literal sense of "carried away" was in English from 1550s. In 15c.-17c. the word also sometimes could mean "raped." Sense of "engrossed" first recorded c.1500. As a past participle adjective, in English it spawned the back-formed verb rap "to affect with rapture," which was common c.1600-1750.

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