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ecstatic

[ek-stat-ik]
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adjective
  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.
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noun
  1. a person subject to fits of ecstasy: The author, a known ecstatic, could write only in fits of rage or glee.
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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
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Examples from the Web for ecstatics

Historical Examples

  • These ecstatics were animated not by a pure, but by an impure spirit.

    The Evolution of Love

    Emil Lucka

  • At the same time she utilised the spiritual forces of monasticism, and turned the mystic impulse of ecstatics to account.

    Renaissance in Italy Vol. 3

    John Addington Symonds

  • Ecstatics, seers of visions, and devout fasting girls who eat on the sly, often belong to this category.

  • But these ecstatics were also enthusiasts for Israel; and this saved the movement from morbidness.

  • There is not much attempt among these ecstatics to hold on to the dignity of their reason or the reticence of their self-respect.

    Visions and Revisions

    John Cowper Powys


British Dictionary definitions for ecstatics

ecstatics

pl n
  1. fits of delight or rapture
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ecstatic

adjective
  1. in a trancelike state of great rapture or delight
  2. showing or feeling great enthusiasmecstatic applause
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noun
  1. a person who has periods of intense trancelike joy
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Derived Formsecstatically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for ecstatics

ecstatic

adj.

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.

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