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[ek-stat-ik] /ɛkˈstæt ɪk/
of, relating to, or characterized by ecstasy or a state of sudden, intense, overpowering emotion: an ecstatic frenzy;
ecstatic cheering for the winning team.
subject to or in a state of ecstasy; full of joy; rapturous:
They are absolutely ecstatic about their new baby.
a person subject to fits of ecstasy:
The author, a known ecstatic, could write only in fits of rage or glee.
Origin of ecstatic
1620-30; (< Middle French extatique) < Medieval Latin ecstaticus < Greek ekstatikós, equivalent to ek- ec- + statikós static. See ecstasy
Related forms
ecstatically, adverb
nonecstatic, adjective
nonecstatically, adverb
unecstatic, adjective
unecstatically, adverb Unabridged
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  • In the rose-red of her fair face he read, ecstatically, his answer.

    The Genius

    Margaret Horton Potter
  • She seized Belle's arm and hugged it ecstatically against her side.

    The Galaxy Primes Edward Elmer Smith
  • "It must be the Lord-Lieutenant," said Mrs. Gregg ecstatically.

    General John Regan George A. Birmingham
  • "I just love to skate with you, Nan," sighed Bess ecstatically.

    Nan Sherwood at Pine Camp Annie Roe Carr
  • Lily dreamed of it, ecstatically: England was no good to her now.

    The Bill-Toppers Andre Castaigne
  • My fancies have not deceived me—I love you ecstatically, diabolically, as a madman might!

    Poor Folk Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • The children thought they were handkerchiefs and ecstatically wiped their noses.

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
British Dictionary definitions for ecstatically


in a trancelike state of great rapture or delight
showing or feeling great enthusiasm: ecstatic applause
a person who has periods of intense trancelike joy
Derived Forms
ecstatically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for ecstatically



1590s, "mystically absorbed, stupefied," from Greek ekstatikos "unstable," from ekstasis (see ecstatic). Meaning "characterized by intense emotions" is from 1660s, now usually pleasurable ones, but not originally always so. Related: Ecstatical; ecstatically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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