[ rap-cher ]
/ ˈræp tʃər /


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.

Origin of rapture

First recorded in 1590–1600; rapt + -ure

Related forms

rap·ture·less, adjective

Can be confused

rapture rupture

Synonym study

1. See ecstasy.
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British Dictionary definitions for rapture


/ (ˈræptʃə) /


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


(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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