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or rhapsodical

[rap-sod-ik] /ræpˈsɒd ɪk/
extravagantly enthusiastic; ecstatic.
pertaining to, characteristic of, or of the nature or form of rhapsody.
Origin of rhapsodic
1775-85; < Greek rhapsōidikós. See rhapsody, -ic
Related forms
rhapsodically, adverb
unrhapsodic, adjective
unrhapsodical, adjective
unrhapsodically, adverb
1. elated, transported, overjoyed. Unabridged
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  • Then I heard his lips move in the rhapsodic deglutition of babyland dreams.

    The Prairie Wife Arthur Stringer
  • And Stanley thought, for he was not rhapsodic 'Wonderful pretty country!

    The Freelands John Galsworthy
  • Of the writer she first knew through her "Seven Strings of the Lyre," a rhapsodic sketch.

  • Is there, then, no place for rhapsodic writing in musical criticism?

    How to Listen to Music, 7th ed. Henry Edward Krehbiel
  • It is incoherent, rhapsodic, half picture, half suggestion—materials rather than final structure.

  • I asked, wondering 258 what could bring such a rhapsodic light into his hazel-specked eye.

    The Prairie Child Arthur Stringer
  • “It teaches us a great deal,” said rhapsodic Pantril vaguely, but impressively, after the Fern dance had been given and applauded.

  • Even a poem as rhapsodic as his "Corn" contains within it a realistic picture of the thriftless Georgia planter.

  • His voice perturbed me; his silence lashed my nerves; I lived in a perpetual quiver of rhapsodic sensibility.

    Marie Tarnowska Annie Vivanti
British Dictionary definitions for rhapsodic


of or like a rhapsody
lyrical or romantic
Derived Forms
rhapsodically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for rhapsodic

1782, from Greek rhapsodikos "of or for a rhapsodist," from rhapsoidia (see rhapsody). Related: Rhapsodically (c.1600).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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