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raptured

[rap-cherd] /ˈræp tʃərd/
adjective, Theology
1.
(especially of saints) experiencing religious ecstasy as a result of one's faith.
Origin
1675-1685
1675-85; rapture + -ed2
Related forms
unraptured, adjective

rapture

[rap-cher] /ˈræp tʃər/
noun
1.
ecstatic joy or delight; joyful ecstasy.
2.
Often, raptures. an utterance or expression of ecstatic delight.
3.
the carrying of a person to another place or sphere of existence.
4.
the Rapture, Theology. the experience, anticipated by some fundamentalist Christians, of meeting Christ midway in the air upon his return to earth.
5.
Archaic. the act of carrying off.
verb (used with object), raptured, rapturing.
6.
to enrapture.
Origin
1590-1600; rapt + -ure
Related forms
raptureless, adjective
Can be confused
rapture, rupture.
Synonyms
1. bliss, beatitude; transport, exaltation. See ecstasy.
Antonyms
1. misery.
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Examples from the web for raptured
  • Furthermore, if there was global warming the don't care because they are about to be raptured up in the coming end times.
  • She eagerly longed to see a place in which she fancied charms short only of those which a raptured saint imagines in heaven.
  • He still does the little clubs, but he can also fill arenas, pulling in thousands of raptured admirers.
  • Unless of course they all got raptured up to heaven.
  • Periodically during the cleanup operations, explosions raptured container casings and directly exposed contaminants.
British Dictionary definitions for raptured

rapture

/ˈræptʃə/
noun
1.
the state of mind resulting from feelings of high emotion; joyous ecstasy
2.
(often pl) an expression of ecstatic joy
3.
the act of transporting a person from one sphere of existence to another, esp from earth to heaven
verb
4.
(transitive) (archaic or literary) to entrance; enrapture
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin raptūra, from Latin raptusrapt1
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Word Origin and History for raptured

rapture

n.

c.1600, "act of carrying off," from Middle French rapture, from Medieval Latin raptura "seizure, rape, kidnapping," from Latin raptus "a carrying off, abduction, snatching away; rape" (see rapt). Earliest attested use in English is of women and in 17c. it sometimes meant rape (v.), which word is a cognate of this. Sense of "spiritual ecstasy, state of mental transport" first recorded c.1600 (raptures).

v.

1630s, from rapture (n.). Related: Raptured; rapturing.

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