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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
1670-80; rapture + -ous
Related forms
rapturously, adverb
rapturousness, noun
unrapturous, adjective
unrapturously, adverb
unrapturousness, noun Unabridged
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  • Then an ominous noise, low at first, but growing nearer and nearer, broke in upon their rapturous demonstrations.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 3 Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • Then, with wonder and a glow of rapturous delight, he felt it lie passive in his.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • Nearer she drewnearerwhile Bob gazed as if fascinated, full of rapturous, paradoxical dread.

    Nothing But the Truth Frederic S. Isham
  • And calling forth from old and young a burst of rapturous praise.

    Gleams of Sunshine Joseph Horatio Chant
  • But in her yearning, in her brooding thought, was none of the mother's rapturous folly and gladness.

    Amabel Channice Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • The thrilling energy of the all-encasing air is warm and rapturous.

    The World I Live In Helen Keller
British Dictionary definitions for rapturous


experiencing or manifesting ecstatic joy or delight
Derived Forms
rapturously, adverb
rapturousness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for rapturous

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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