Word of the DaySaturday, August 30, 2014
\rapt\ , adjective;
deeply engrossed or absorbed: a rapt listener.
transported with emotion; enraptured: rapt with joy.
showing or proceeding from rapture: a rapt smile.
carried off spiritually to another place, sphere of existence, etc.
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
Rapt can be traced to the Latin verb rapere meaning "to seize." The term entered English in the late 1300s.
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