- rapturous delight.
- an overpowering emotion or exaltation; a state of sudden, intense feeling.
- the frenzy of poetic inspiration.
- mental transport or rapture from the contemplation of divine things.
Origin of ecstasy
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Examples from the Web for ecstasy
No more wishing you could feel her hot breath on your neck as she writhes in ecstasy.Sotheby’s for Sex: The Problem with Auctioning Off Sex with A Porn Star
November 15, 2014
All Higuain had to do was pause, mark his target, and kick Argentina to ecstasy.Germany Wins, World Cup Justice Is Served
July 13, 2014
His experiments most famously introduced the empathogenic drug MDMA into the popular consciousness—under its street name, Ecstasy.The Week in Death: Alexander Shulgrin, Who Synthesized the Drug Ecstasy
June 7, 2014
Some have found Ecstasy to be cut with other dangerous chemicals such as pesticides, chlorine, and toxic household cleaners.
It all comes down to MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine) and its two forms of distribution: Molly and Ecstasy.
She came down to breakfast singing the words in a sort of ecstasy.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
Until that ecstasy of release should come, he would do his duty,—yes, his duty.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
But his wife, her face aglow, clasped her hands in an ecstasy of delight.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
The boy fell into the ecstasy of content that always came with Sidney's presence.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
The very odour of those plums in Johnny's nostrils was the equivalent of ecstasy.Johnny Bear
E. T. Seton
- (often plural) a state of exalted delight, joy, etc; rapture
- intense emotion of any kindan ecstasy of rage
- psychol overpowering emotion characterized by loss of self-control and sometimes a temporary loss of consciousness: often associated with orgasm, religious mysticism, and the use of certain drugs
- archaic a state of prophetic inspiration, esp of poetic rapture
- slang 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine; MDMA: a powerful drug that acts as a stimulant and can produce hallucinations
Word Origin and History for ecstasy
late 14c., "in a frenzy or stupor, fearful, excited," from Old French estaise "ecstasy, rapture," from Late Latin extasis, from Greek ekstasis "entrancement, astonishment; any displacement," in New Testament "a trance," from existanai "displace, put out of place," also "drive out of one's mind" (existanai phrenon), from ek "out" (see ex-) + histanai "to place, cause to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet).
Used by 17c. mystical writers for "a state of rapture that stupefied the body while the soul contemplated divine things," which probably helped the meaning shift to "exalted state of good feeling" (1610s). Slang use for the drug 3,4-methylendioxymethamphetamine dates from 1985.