carried off spiritually to another place, sphere of existence, etc.
Origin: 1350–1400;Middle English (past participle of rapen to carry off, abduct, rape) < Latinraptus seized, carried off (past participle of rapere), equivalent to rap- (see rape1) + -tus past participle suffix
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.
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 alsohip-hop.)