[ ek-stat-ik ]
See synonyms for: ecstaticecstatically on

  1. of, relating to, or characterized by ecstasy or a state of sudden, intense, overpowering emotion: an ecstatic frenzy;ecstatic cheering for the winning team.

  2. subject to or in a state of ecstasy; full of joy; rapturous: They are absolutely ecstatic about their new baby.

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

Origin of ecstatic

First recorded in 1620–30; from Middle French extatique, and Medieval Latin ecstaticus, from Greek ekstatikós, derivative of ecstasy + -ic

Other words from ecstatic

  • ec·stat·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • non·ec·stat·ic, adjective
  • non·ec·stat·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • un·ec·stat·ic, adjective
  • un·ec·stat·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use ecstatic in a sentence

  • "Oh," cried Betty, hugging Amy ecstatically, simply because she happened to be the nearest one to hug.

  • Ikey exclaimed ecstatically, whereupon the other boys looked daggers at him, for the basket-making was kept a profound secret.

    The Story of the Big Front Door | Mary Finley Leonard
  • As for Laura, she threw her arms about Dick Prescott's neck, embracing him ecstatically, too overjoyed at first to speak.

  • “I could just worship you, Colonel,” cried the little American, ecstatically.

    The Mystery of a Turkish Bath | E.M. Gollan (AKA Rita)
  • "Eat her up," said Rosy Posy, who was ecstatically gazing at her beautiful big sister.

    Marjorie's Busy Days | Carolyn Wells

British Dictionary definitions for ecstatic


/ (ɛkˈstætɪk) /

  1. in a trancelike state of great rapture or delight

  2. showing or feeling great enthusiasm: ecstatic applause

  1. a person who has periods of intense trancelike joy

Derived forms of ecstatic

  • ecstatically, adverb

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