rapture

[ rap-cher ]
/ ˈræp tʃər /

noun

ecstatic joy or delight; joyful ecstasy.
Often raptures. an utterance or expression of ecstatic delight.
the carrying of a person to another place or sphere of existence.
the Rapture, Theology. the experience, anticipated by some fundamentalist Christians, of meeting Christ midway in the air upon his return to earth.
Archaic. the act of carrying off.

verb (used with object), rap·tured, rap·tur·ing.

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Origin of rapture

First recorded in 1590–1600; rapt + -ure

synonym study for rapture

1. See ecstasy.

OTHER WORDS FROM rapture

rap·ture·less, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH rapture

rapture , rupture.
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British Dictionary definitions for rapture

rapture
/ (ˈræptʃə) /

noun

the state of mind resulting from feelings of high emotion; joyous ecstasy
(often plural) an expression of ecstatic joy
the act of transporting a person from one sphere of existence to another, esp from earth to heaven

verb

(tr) archaic, or literary to entrance; enrapture

Word Origin for rapture

C17: from Medieval Latin raptūra, from Latin raptus rapt 1
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