extravagantly enthusiastic; ecstatic.
pertaining to, characteristic of, or of the nature or form of rhapsody.

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

Synonyms for rhapsodic

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Examples from the Web for rhapsodical

Historical Examples of rhapsodical

  • This man of visions, this fantastic, rhapsodical––but we must not be hard upon him.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • As she was trying one of them on, she turned her head to speak to the rhapsodical manager.

  • It is the glare of rhapsodical eulogy which instinctively and automatically evokes the complementary colours and afterimages.

  • Many of these sonatas might almost be called rhapsodies; certainly a great many movements are rhapsodical.


    John F. Runciman

  • Impressed, the Cadi dismissed him, and would have laden him with silver, but the Dervish refused and went his rhapsodical way.

British Dictionary definitions for rhapsodical



of or like a rhapsody
lyrical or romantic
Derived Formsrhapsodically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for rhapsodical



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

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