rapt

[ rapt ]
/ ræpt /

adjective

deeply engrossed or absorbed: a rapt listener.
transported with emotion; enraptured: rapt with joy.
showing or proceeding from rapture: a rapt smile.
carried off spiritually to another place, sphere of existence, etc.

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Origin of rapt

1350–1400; Middle English (past participle of rapen to carry off, abduct, rape) < Latin raptus seized, carried off (past participle of rapere), equivalent to rap- (see rape1) + -tus past participle suffix

OTHER WORDS FROM rapt

rapt·ly, adverbrapt·ness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH rapt

rapped rapt wrapped wrapt
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Example sentences from the Web for raptness

  • Tyndall noticed that the others were gazing up into the old man's face with an expression of raptness, even of reverence.

  • There is a misty broodiness in his eyes which leaves 85 them indescribably lovely to me as I watch him in his moments of raptness.

    The Prairie Child|Arthur Stringer

British Dictionary definitions for raptness (1 of 2)

rapt1
/ (ræpt) /

adjective

totally absorbed; engrossed; spellbound, esp through or as if through emotionrapt with wonder
characterized by or proceeding from rapturea rapt smile

Derived forms of rapt

raptly, adverb

Word Origin for rapt

C14: from Latin raptus carried away, from rapere to seize; see rape 1

British Dictionary definitions for raptness (2 of 2)

rapt2
/ (ræpt) /

adjective

Also: wrapped Australian and NZ informal very pleased: delighted
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