ecstasy
noun (plural -sies) Etymology: Middle English extasie, from Middle French, from Late Latin ecstasis, from Greek ekstasis, from existanai to derange, from ex- out + histanai to cause to stand — more at ex-, stand Date: 14th century 1. a. a state of being beyond reason and self-control b. archaic swoon 2. a state of overwhelming emotion; especially rapturous delight 3. trance; especially a mystic or prophetic trance 4. often capitalized a synthetic amphetamine analog C11H15NO2 used illicitly for its mood-enhancing and hallucinogenic properties — called also MDMA Synonyms: ecstasy, rapture, transport mean intense exaltation of mind and feelings. ecstasy and rapture both suggest a state of trance or near immobility produced by an overpowering emotion. ecstasy may apply to any strong emotion (as joy, fear, rage, adoration) <
religious ecstasy
>
. rapture usually implies intense bliss or beatitude <
in speechless rapture
>
. transport applies to any powerful emotion that lifts one out of oneself and usually provokes vehement expression or frenzied action <
in a transport of rage
>
.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • ecstasy — [ek′stə sē] n. pl. ecstasies [ME & OFr extasie < LL(Ec) ecstasis < Gr ekstasis, a being put out of its place, distraction, trance < ek , out + histanai, to set: see STAND] 1. a state of being overpowered by emotion, as by joy, grief, or… …   English World dictionary

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