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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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  • You see when I flew up so rapturously, I hadn't had time for second thought.

    Six Girls and Bob Marion Ames Taggart
  • "He is going to stay a while longer," he informed her, rapturously.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • Jim was licking his face now, rapturously, and evidently coaxing him to get up and come away.

    Jim Charles G. D. Roberts
  • She raised a fold of the gown and breathed in rapturously that homy perfume.

    The Pagan Madonna Harold MacGrath
  • “You dear child,” cried Madame embracing Jeanne rapturously.

    A Daughter of the Union Lucy Foster Madison
  • Meanwhile, we must pay some attention to the words of which they speak so rapturously.

    A Handful of Stars Frank W. Boreham
  • She flew at her brother, flung her arms round his neck and kissed him rapturously.

    A Life For a Love L. T. Meade
  • 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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