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Definition of "ecstasy" []

  • Intense joy or delight. (noun)
  • A state of emotion so intense that one is carried beyond rational thought and self-control: an ecstasy of rage. (noun)
  • The trance, frenzy, or rapture associated with mystic or prophetic exaltation. (noun)
  • Slang MDMA. (noun)
  • A state of exalted delight, joy, etc; rapture (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Intense emotion of any kind (noun)
  • Overpowering emotion characterized by loss of self-control and sometimes a temporary loss of consciousness: often associated with orgasm, religious mysticism, and the use of certain drugs (noun)
  • A state of prophetic inspiration, esp of poetic rapture (noun)
  • 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine; MDMA: a powerful drug that acts as a stimulant and can produce hallucinations (noun)

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Use "ecstasy" in a sentence
  • "Marijuana treats us to an awareness of a simultaneity of sensations, a sort of meta-pleasure, which is not surprising, given the roots of the term 'ecstasy,' as Rich Doyle writes: "Ecstasy" comes etymologically from the experience of "being beside ourselves.""
  • "The astonishing breadth of Herzog's filmmaking conveys the humanist's sense of wonder at the world - what he describes as the "ecstasy of observation.""
  • "Medical writers of the era even discussed a fourth clinical condition, marked by immobility, which they termed ecstasy, but this was not a state that might lead to premature burial."