of, relating to, or characterized by ecstasy or a state of sudden, intense, overpowering emotion: an ecstatic frenzy; ecstatic cheering for the winning team.
subject to or in a state of ecstasy; full of joy; rapturous: They are absolutely ecstatic about their new baby.


a person subject to fits of ecstasy: The author, a known ecstatic, could write only in fits of rage or glee.

Origin of ecstatic

1620–30; (< Middle French extatique) < Medieval Latin ecstaticus < Greek ekstatikós, equivalent to ek- ec- + statikós static. See ecstasy
Related formsec·stat·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·ec·stat·ic, adjectivenon·ec·stat·i·cal·ly, adverbun·ec·stat·ic, adjectiveun·ec·stat·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of ecstatically

Historical Examples of ecstatically

  • In the rose-red of her fair face he read, ecstatically, his answer.

    The Genius

    Margaret Horton Potter

  • She seized Belle's arm and hugged it ecstatically against her side.

    The Galaxy Primes

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • "It must be the Lord-Lieutenant," said Mrs. Gregg ecstatically.

    General John Regan

    George A. Birmingham

  • "I just love to skate with you, Nan," sighed Bess ecstatically.

  • Lily dreamed of it, ecstatically: England was no good to her now.

    The Bill-Toppers

    Andre Castaigne

British Dictionary definitions for ecstatically



in a trancelike state of great rapture or delight
showing or feeling great enthusiasmecstatic applause


a person who has periods of intense trancelike joy
Derived Formsecstatically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for ecstatically



1590s, "mystically absorbed, stupefied," from Greek ekstatikos "unstable," from ekstasis (see ecstatic). Meaning "characterized by intense emotions" is from 1660s, now usually pleasurable ones, but not originally always so. Related: Ecstatical; ecstatically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper