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rhapsodic

[rap-sod-ik]
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adjective
  1. extravagantly enthusiastic; ecstatic.
  2. pertaining to, characteristic of, or of the nature or form of rhapsody.
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Sometimes rhap·sod·i·cal.

Origin of rhapsodic

From the Greek word rhapsōidikós, dating back to 1750–55. See rhapsody, -ic
Related formsrhap·sod·i·cal·ly, adverbun·rhap·sod·ic, adjectiveun·rhap·sod·i·cal, adjectiveun·rhap·sod·i·cal·ly, adverb

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1. elated, transported, overjoyed.
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  • And Stanley thought, for he was not rhapsodic 'Wonderful pretty country!

    The Freelands

    John Galsworthy

  • Is there, then, no place for rhapsodic writing in musical criticism?

    How to Listen to Music, 7th ed.

    Henry Edward Krehbiel

  • Then I heard his lips move in the rhapsodic deglutition of babyland dreams.

    The Prairie Wife

    Arthur Stringer

  • I asked, wondering 258 what could bring such a rhapsodic light into his hazel-specked eye.

    The Prairie Child

    Arthur Stringer

  • Even a poem as rhapsodic as his "Corn" contains within it a realistic picture of the thriftless Georgia planter.


British Dictionary definitions for rhapsodic

rhapsodic

adjective
  1. of or like a rhapsody
  2. lyrical or romantic
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Derived Formsrhapsodically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for rhapsodic

adj.

1782, from Greek rhapsodikos "of or for a rhapsodist," from rhapsoidia (see rhapsody). Related: Rhapsodically (c.1600).

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