- 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
Examples from the Web for ecstatics
These ecstatics were animated not by a pure, but by an impure spirit.The Evolution of Love
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.Inquiries into Human Faculty and Its Development
But these ecstatics were also enthusiasts for Israel; and this saved the movement from morbidness.The Expositor's Bible: The Book of the Twelve Prophets, Vol. I
George Adam Smith
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
- fits of delight or rapture
- in a trancelike state of great rapture or delight
- showing or feeling great enthusiasmecstatic applause
- a person who has periods of intense trancelike joy
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.