Ecstasies
Ecstasy Ec"sta*sy, n.; pl. {Ecstasies}. [F. extase, L. ecstasis, fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? to put out of place, derange; ? = 'ek out + ? to set, stand. See {Ex-}, and {Stand}.] [Also written {extasy}.] 1. The state of being beside one's self or rapt out of one's self; a state in which the mind is elevated above the reach of ordinary impressions, as when under the influence of overpowering emotion; an extraordinary elevation of the spirit, as when the soul, unconscious of sensible objects, is supposed to contemplate heavenly mysteries. [1913 Webster]

Like a mad prophet in an ecstasy. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

This is the very ecstasy of love. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Excessive and overmastering joy or enthusiasm; rapture; enthusiastic delight. [1913 Webster]

He on the tender grass Would sit, and hearken even to ecstasy. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. Violent distraction of mind; violent emotion; excessive grief of anxiety; insanity; madness. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

That unmatched form and feature of blown youth Blasted with ecstasy. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Our words will but increase his ecstasy. --Marlowe. [1913 Webster]

4. (Med.) A state which consists in total suspension of sensibility, of voluntary motion, and largely of mental power. The body is erect and inflexible; the pulsation and breathing are not affected. --Mayne. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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