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Saturday, August 30, 2014

rapt

\rapt\ , adjective;
1.
deeply engrossed or absorbed: a rapt listener.
2.
transported with emotion; enraptured: rapt with joy.
3.
showing or proceeding from rapture: a rapt smile.
4.
carried off spiritually to another place, sphere of existence, etc.
Quotes:
He was an excellent orator and thrived before his rapt and amused audiences.
-- Joelle Herr, Mark Twain: The Essential Works in One Sitting, 2013
I nonetheless read the final section in rapt attention, forgetful of my qualms, and by the final line, I found that I was in tears.
-- "Tearjerking," The New Yorker, October 25, 2010
Origin:
Rapt can be traced to the Latin verb rapere meaning "to seize." The term entered English in the late 1300s.
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