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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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  • You see when I flew up so rapturously, I hadn't had time for second thought.

    Six Girls and Bob Marion Ames Taggart
  • Once more he pressed his lips to her hand, and kissed it rapturously.

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • Jim was licking his face now, rapturously, and evidently coaxing him to get up and come away.

    Jim Charles G. D. Roberts
  • "I don't feel as if I'd ever want to go to sleep," she said rapturously.

    Miss Pat at School Pemberton Ginther
  • “You dear child,” cried Madame embracing Jeanne rapturously.

    A Daughter of the Union Lucy Foster Madison
  • They had left each other several times, but how rapturously they had returned.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • She flew at her brother, flung her arms round his neck and kissed him rapturously.

    A Life For a Love L. T. Meade
  • "He is going to stay a while longer," he informed her, rapturously.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
British Dictionary definitions for rapturously


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



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

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