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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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  • Once more he pressed his lips to her hand, and kissed it rapturously.

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • "I don't feel as if I'd ever want to go to sleep," she said rapturously.

    Miss Pat at School

    Pemberton Ginther
  • They had left each other several times, but how rapturously they had returned.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • Mendel seized the preceptor's hand and kissed it rapturously.

    Rabbi and Priest

    Milton Goldsmith
  • "He is going to stay a while longer," he informed her, rapturously.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • She raised a fold of the gown and breathed in rapturously that homy perfume.

    The Pagan Madonna Harold MacGrath
  • Meanwhile, we must pay some attention to the words of which they speak so rapturously.

    A Handful of Stars Frank W. Boreham
  • This pair was so evidently and rapturously content that they diffused their own atmosphere.

    Jewel Weed

    Alice Ames Winter
British Dictionary definitions for rapturously


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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