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rhapsodic

[rap-sod-ik]
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adjective
  1. extravagantly enthusiastic; ecstatic.
  2. pertaining to, characteristic of, or of the nature or form of rhapsody.
Sometimes rhap·sod·i·cal.

Origin of rhapsodic

From the Greek word rhapsōidikós, dating back to 1750–55. See rhapsody, -ic
Related formsrhap·sod·i·cal·ly, adverbun·rhap·sod·ic, adjectiveun·rhap·sod·i·cal, adjectiveun·rhap·sod·i·cal·ly, adverb

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1. elated, transported, overjoyed.
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Examples from the Web for rhapsodical

Historical Examples

  • This man of visions, this fantastic, rhapsodical––but we must not be hard upon him.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • As she was trying one of them on, she turned her head to speak to the rhapsodical manager.

  • It is the glare of rhapsodical eulogy which instinctively and automatically evokes the complementary colours and afterimages.

  • Many of these sonatas might almost be called rhapsodies; certainly a great many movements are rhapsodical.

    Purcell

    John F. Runciman

  • Impressed, the Cadi dismissed him, and would have laden him with silver, but the Dervish refused and went his rhapsodical way.


British Dictionary definitions for rhapsodical

rhapsodic

adjective
  1. of or like a rhapsody
  2. lyrical or romantic
Derived Formsrhapsodically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for rhapsodical

rhapsodic

adj.

1782, from Greek rhapsodikos "of or for a rhapsodist," from rhapsoidia (see rhapsody). Related: Rhapsodically (c.1600).

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