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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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  • And the plan itself received rapturous praise in the first couple of days after its release.
  • Although the book is often frustrating to read, the critical response to it has been rapturous.
  • Some parts of it are rapturous and stirring, others hugely improbable, and the film moves unpredictably from one mode to another.
  • When it was all over, rapturous cries begged and pleaded for an encore.
  • In concert the group's direct, emotional style of performance lifted audiences to their feet to deliver rapturous ovations.
  • The couple begins to dance in clumsy but rapturous embrace.
  • The moment possessed that rare, rapturous feeling of a dream come true.
  • The play has been performed to rapturous reviews, with sellout crowds and standing ovations every night.
  • There is plenty of great entertainment with potentially large, even rapturous, national audiences that cannot clear that bar.
  • At my words the cares of the ages slipped from his shoulders, and he was rapturous in his thanks.
British Dictionary definitions for rapturous


experiencing or manifesting ecstatic joy or delight
Derived Forms
rapturously, adverb
rapturousness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for rapturous

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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