- (especially of saints) experiencing religious ecstasy as a result of one's faith.
Origin of raptured
- ecstatic joy or delight; joyful ecstasy.
- Often raptures. an utterance or expression of ecstatic delight.
- the carrying of a person to another place or sphere of existence.
- the Rapture, Theology. the experience, anticipated by some fundamentalist Christians, of meeting Christ midway in the air upon his return to earth.
- Archaic. the act of carrying off.
- to enrapture.
Origin of rapture
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Examples from the Web for raptured
Before the group of mother and son she fell into a raptured attitude.Tales Of Men And Ghosts
Mrs. Bolans that raptured she does nothin but quaver about wid her shaky old vice.In Wild Rose Time
Amanda M. Douglas
Believe me, Sire, she gave her beauty to my raptured arms with no persuasions but such as became a soldier and a king.Alroy
While yet in love with life and raptured with the world, he passed to silence and pathetic dust.Mistakes of Moses
Robert G. Ingersoll
Still 'raptured with the world,' he surveys life's receding shores, as if booked for its more luminous, harmonious antitype.Oswald Langdon
Carson Jay Lee
- the state of mind resulting from feelings of high emotion; joyous ecstasy
- (often plural) an expression of ecstatic joy
- the act of transporting a person from one sphere of existence to another, esp from earth to heaven
- (tr) archaic, or literary to entrance; enrapture
Word Origin and History for raptured
c.1600, "act of carrying off," from Middle French rapture, from Medieval Latin raptura "seizure, rape, kidnapping," from Latin raptus "a carrying off, abduction, snatching away; rape" (see rapt). Earliest attested use in English is of women and in 17c. it sometimes meant rape (v.), which word is a cognate of this. Sense of "spiritual ecstasy, state of mental transport" first recorded c.1600 (raptures).
1630s, from rapture (n.). Related: Raptured; rapturing.