verb (used with object), rap·tured, rap·tur·ing.
- rapture of the deep,
Origin of rapture
Examples from the Web for rapture
The book was optioned to HBO in 2011, around the time evangelist Harold Camping claimed The Rapture would occur—on May 21, 2011.From ‘Lost’ to The Rapture: Creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta on HBO’s ‘The Leftovers’|Marlow Stern|June 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We can feel his sad cadences and the rapture of language in the Gettysburg Address.
There is a phrase for the foreigners' rapture: mal d'afrique.Susan Minot on Africa, Joseph Kony, and the Limits of Writing About Love|Lea Carpenter|February 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Most recently, Harold Camping went bust predicting that the Rapture would take place on May 21, 2011.Sorry, Evangelicals, Syria Will Not Spur the Second Coming|Candida Moss|September 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Rapture was self-transcending, which led to quiescence, tranquility, and catharsis.
It does not rob his joy of one rapture, but it keeps it from becoming careless.The Expositor's Bible: The Psalms, Vol. 2|Alexander Maclaren
And yet, among the many ingredients that go to make up that shy fevered beam, rapture is undoubtedly one.Alas!|Rhoda Broughton
The sight of you fills my heart with rapture, and I fain would gaze on you for hours.Hildegarde's Holiday|Laura E. Richards
The scene filled him with rapture; the loveliness of earth and sky intoxicated him.Cudjo's Cave|J. T. Trowbridge
Had not she too known the rapture of that advancing flood of feeling—yes, though the flood flowed where it should not?Double Harness|Anthony Hope
Word Origin for rapture
c.1600, "act of carrying off," from Middle French rapture, from Medieval Latin raptura "seizure, rape, kidnapping," from Latin raptus "a carrying off, abduction, snatching away; rape" (see rapt). Earliest attested use in English is of women and in 17c. it sometimes meant rape (v.), which word is a cognate of this. Sense of "spiritual ecstasy, state of mental transport" first recorded c.1600 (raptures).
1630s, from rapture (n.). Related: Raptured; rapturing.