ecstatic joy or delight; joyful ecstasy.
Often, raptures. an utterance or expression of ecstatic delight.
the carrying of a person to another place or sphere of existence.
the Rapture, Theology. the experience, anticipated by some fundamentalist Christians, of meeting Christ midway in the air upon his return to earth.
Archaic. the act of carrying off.
verb (used with object), raptured, rapturing.

1590–1600; rapt + -ure

raptureless, adjective

rapture, rupture.

1. bliss, beatitude; transport, exaltation. See ecstasy.

1. misery.
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rapture (ˈræptʃə)
1.  the state of mind resulting from feelings of high emotion; joyous ecstasy
2.  (often plural) an expression of ecstatic joy
3.  the act of transporting a person from one sphere of existence to another, esp from earth to heaven
4.  archaic, literary or (tr) to entrance; enrapture
[C17: from Medieval Latin raptūra, from Latin raptusrapt1]

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Word Origin & History

1600, "act of carrying off," from M.Fr. rapture, from M.L. raptura "seizure, rape, kidnapping," from L. raptus "a carrying off" (see rapt). Originally of women and cognate with rape (v.). Sense of "spiritual ecstasy" first recorded 1629.
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Example sentences
Into them it inspired no other sentiments than those of exultation and rapture.
Yes, she is hyper-polarizing: she sends her fans into rapture and drives her
  detractors stark raving mad.
Rapture was a secret place deep under the sea and the populace of the world had
  no idea what transpired there.
Rapture and ecstasy are not themselves deep play, but they're central
  components of it.
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