noun, plural ec·sta·sies.
Origin of ecstasy
Examples from the Web for ecstasies
For the moment he was absorbed by two exigencies and by two ecstasies—food and warmth.The Man Who Laughs|Victor Hugo
Others would fall into ecstasies and be drawn into contortions, cramp, fits etc.
"Surest thing you know," replied Baker as the train moved on, leaving the songster to his ecstasies.The Rules of the Game|Stewart Edward White
If the male was before “ruffled with whirlwind of his ecstasies,” he was now in danger of being rent asunder.Wake-Robin|John Burroughs
She cuddled down into her chair and shut her eyes like a child in the ecstasies of a fairy story.The House of the Misty Star|Fannie Caldwell Macaulay
noun plural -sies
Word Origin for ecstasy
late 14c., "in a frenzy or stupor, fearful, excited," from Old French estaise "ecstasy, rapture," from Late Latin extasis, from Greek ekstasis "entrancement, astonishment; any displacement," in New Testament "a trance," from existanai "displace, put out of place," also "drive out of one's mind" (existanai phrenon), from ek "out" (see ex-) + histanai "to place, cause to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet).
Used by 17c. mystical writers for "a state of rapture that stupefied the body while the soul contemplated divine things," which probably helped the meaning shift to "exalted state of good feeling" (1610s). Slang use for the drug 3,4-methylendioxymethamphetamine dates from 1985.