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rapt

[rapt] /ræpt/
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.
Origin of rapt
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English (past participle of rapen to carry off, abduct, rape) < Latin raptus seized, carried off (past participle of rapere), equivalent to rap- (see rape1) + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
raptly, adverb
raptness, noun
Can be confused
rapped, rapt, wrapped, wrapt.
Synonyms
2. ecstatic, spellbound, bewitched.
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Historical Examples
  • There is a misty broodiness in his eyes which leaves 85 them indescribably lovely to me as I watch him in his moments of raptness.

    The Prairie Child Arthur Stringer
  • Tyndall noticed that the others were gazing up into the old man's face with an expression of raptness, even of reverence.

    Grove of the Unborn Lyn Venable
British Dictionary definitions for raptness

rapt1

/ræpt/
adjective
1.
totally absorbed; engrossed; spellbound, esp through or as if through emotion: rapt with wonder
2.
characterized by or proceeding from rapture: a rapt smile
Derived Forms
raptly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin raptus carried away, from rapere to seize; see rape1

rapt2

/ræpt/
adjective
1.
(Austral & NZ, informal) Also wrapped. very pleased: delighted
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Word Origin and History for raptness

rapt

adj.

late 14c., "carried away in an ecstatic trance," from Latin raptus, past participle of rapere "seize, carry off" (see rape (v.)). A figurative sense, the notion is of "carried up into Heaven (bodily or in a dream)," as in a saint's vision. Latin literal sense of "carried away" was in English from 1550s. In 15c.-17c. the word also sometimes could mean "raped." Sense of "engrossed" first recorded c.1500. As a past participle adjective, in English it spawned the back-formed verb rap "to affect with rapture," which was common c.1600-1750.

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