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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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Examples from the Web for ecstatics
Historical Examples
  • These ecstatics were animated not by a pure, but by an impure spirit.

  • At the same time she utilised the spiritual forces of monasticism, and turned the mystic impulse of ecstatics to account.

    Renaissance in Italy Vol. 3 John Addington Symonds
  • ecstatics, seers of visions, and devout fasting girls who eat on the sly, often belong to this category.

  • But these ecstatics were also enthusiasts for Israel; and this saved the movement from morbidness.

  • There is not much attempt among these ecstatics to hold on to the dignity of their reason or the reticence of their self-respect.

    Visions and Revisions John Cowper Powys
  • They are a herd of cattle; sentimental, ridiculous people who are in ecstatics over their aristocracy and over their king.

    Csar or Nothing Po Baroja Baroja
  • Intoxication steeps you in fantastic imaginings every whit as strange as those of ecstatics.

    The Magic Skin Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for ecstatics


plural noun
fits of delight or rapture


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 ecstatics



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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