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rapturous

[rap-cher-uh s]
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adjective
  1. full of, feeling, or manifesting ecstatic joy or delight.
  2. characterized by, attended with, or expressive of such rapture: rapturous praise.
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Origin of rapturous

First recorded in 1670–80; rapture + -ous
Related formsrap·tur·ous·ly, adverbrap·tur·ous·ness, nounun·rap·tur·ous, adjectiveun·rap·tur·ous·ly, adverbun·rap·tur·ous·ness, noun
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  • In a few seconds it took fire, to Johnsons rapturous delight.

    The Field of Ice

    Jules Verne

  • The hungry man repeated, in a rapturous croak, "Magnificent!"

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens

  • Thence I passed to a rapturous description of the hunting-lodge which he had lent me.

  • She yielded her hands, her cheeks, her lips, to Serge's rapturous kisses.

  • There is no mystic enthusiasm or rapturous contemplation of ideas.


British Dictionary definitions for rapturous

rapturous

adjective
  1. experiencing or manifesting ecstatic joy or delight
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Derived Formsrapturously, adverbrapturousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for rapturous

adj.

1670s, from rapture + -ous. Related: Rapturously (1660s).

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