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[rap-sod-ik] /ræpˈsɒd ɪk/
extravagantly enthusiastic; ecstatic.
pertaining to, characteristic of, or of the nature or form of rhapsody.
Sometimes, rhapsodical.
Origin of rhapsodic
From the Greek word rhapsōidikós, dating back to 1750-55. See rhapsody, -ic
Related forms
rhapsodically, adverb
unrhapsodic, adjective
unrhapsodical, adjective
unrhapsodically, adverb
1. elated, transported, overjoyed. Unabridged
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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.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • It is the glare of rhapsodical eulogy which instinctively and automatically evokes the complementary colours and afterimages.

    Impressions And Comments Havelock Ellis
  • 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.

  • I could pick out a dozen rhapsodical passages which with little change might well appear in his books of verse.

    The Critical Game

    John Albert Macy
  • The old Homeric ὕμνοι, or hymns dedicated to special deities, were intended to be sung at festivals and rhapsodical contests.

  • Even when he is most rhapsodical his speech never loses its ease and gentleness of tone.

  • It was with disquietude that his friends witnessed the growing self-exaltation that may be noted in the rhapsodical Zarathustra.

    Egoists James Huneker
  • For the most part it was passionate speech rather than song, a rhapsodical declamation in hybrid rhythms.

British Dictionary definitions for rhapsodical


of or like a rhapsody
lyrical or romantic
Derived Forms
rhapsodically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for rhapsodical



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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