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[rap-cher-uh s] /ˈræp tʃər əs/
full of, feeling, or manifesting ecstatic joy or delight.
characterized by, attended with, or expressive of such rapture:
rapturous praise.
Origin of rapturous
First recorded in 1670-80; rapture + -ous
Related forms
rapturously, adverb
rapturousness, noun
unrapturous, adjective
unrapturously, adverb
unrapturousness, noun Unabridged
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  • In a few seconds it took fire, to Johnsons rapturous delight.

    The Field of Ice Jules Verne
  • The hungry man repeated, in a rapturous croak, "Magnificent!"

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • Thence I passed to a rapturous description of the hunting-lodge which he had lent me.

    The Prisoner of Zenda Anthony Hope
  • She yielded her hands, her cheeks, her lips, to Serge's rapturous kisses.

  • There is no mystic enthusiasm or rapturous contemplation of ideas.

    Philebus Plato
  • That look of rapturous joy had left her, and she too became practical.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
British Dictionary definitions for rapturous


experiencing or manifesting ecstatic joy or delight
Derived Forms
rapturously, adverb
rapturousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for rapturous

1670s, from rapture + -ous. Related: Rapturously (1660s).

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