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[rap-cher-uh s] /ˈræp tʃər əs/
full of, feeling, or manifesting ecstatic joy or delight.
characterized by, attended with, or expressive of such rapture:
rapturous praise.
Origin of rapturous
1670-80; rapture + -ous
Related forms
rapturously, adverb
rapturousness, noun
unrapturous, adjective
unrapturously, adverb
unrapturousness, noun Unabridged
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  • Then an ominous noise, low at first, but growing nearer and nearer, broke in upon their rapturous demonstrations.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 3 Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • In a few seconds it took fire, to Johnsons rapturous delight.

    The Field of Ice Jules Verne
  • Nearer she drewnearerwhile Bob gazed as if fascinated, full of rapturous, paradoxical dread.

    Nothing But the Truth Frederic S. Isham
  • Thence I passed to a rapturous description of the hunting-lodge which he had lent me.

    The Prisoner of Zenda Anthony Hope
  • But in her yearning, in her brooding thought, was none of the mother's rapturous folly and gladness.

    Amabel Channice Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • There is no mystic enthusiasm or rapturous contemplation of ideas.

    Philebus Plato
British Dictionary definitions for rapturous


experiencing or manifesting ecstatic joy or delight
Derived Forms
rapturously, adverb
rapturousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for rapturous

1670s, from rapture + -ous. Related: Rapturously (1660s).

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