[rap-cher-uh s]


full of, feeling, or manifesting ecstatic joy or delight.
characterized by, attended with, or expressive of such rapture: rapturous praise.

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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Contemporary Examples of rapturously

  • It is simply meant to be deliciously, rapturously beautiful—a goal far more difficult than it seems.

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    Paris’s Fashion Finale

    Robin Givhan

    October 6, 2011

  • Téa Obreht's The Tiger's Wife, although it comes as rapturously praised as a novel can, is a welcome relief.

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    March 13, 2011

Historical Examples of rapturously

  • Once more he pressed his lips to her hand, and kissed it rapturously.

    Lord Kilgobbin

    Charles Lever

  • "I don't feel as if I'd ever want to go to sleep," she said rapturously.

    Miss Pat at School

    Pemberton Ginther

  • They had left each other several times, but how rapturously they had returned.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • Mendel seized the preceptor's hand and kissed it rapturously.

    Rabbi and Priest

    Milton Goldsmith

  • "He is going to stay a while longer," he informed her, rapturously.

British Dictionary definitions for rapturously



experiencing or manifesting ecstatic joy or delight
Derived Formsrapturously, adverbrapturousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for rapturously



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

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