[ ek-stat-ik ]
/ ɛkˈstæt ɪk /


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.

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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
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British Dictionary definitions for ecstatics (1 of 2)


/ (ɛkˈstætɪks) /

pl n

fits of delight or rapture

British Dictionary definitions for ecstatics (2 of 2)


/ (ɛkˈstætɪk) /


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 ecstatics



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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