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ec·sta·sy

 (ĕk′stə-sē)
n. pl. ec·sta·sies
1. Intense joy or delight.
2. A state of emotion so intense that one is carried beyond rational thought and self-control: an ecstasy of rage.
3. The trance, frenzy, or rapture associated with mystic or prophetic exaltation.
4. often Ecstasy Slang MDMA.

[Middle English extasie, from Old French, from Late Latin extasis, terror, from Greek ekstasis, astonishment, distraction, from existanai, to displace, derange : ek-, out of; see ecto- + histanai, to place; see stā- in Indo-European roots.]

ecstasy

(ˈɛkstəsɪ)
n, pl -sies
1. (often plural) a state of exalted delight, joy, etc; rapture
2. intense emotion of any kind: an ecstasy of rage.
3. (Psychology) psychol 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
4. archaic a state of prophetic inspiration, esp of poetic rapture
5. (Pharmacology) slang 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine; MDMA: a powerful drug that acts as a stimulant and can produce hallucinations
[C14: from Old French extasie, via Medieval Latin from Greek ekstasis displacement, trance, from existanai to displace, from ex- out + histanai to cause to stand]

ec•sta•sy

(ˈɛk stə si)

n., pl. -sies.
1. rapturous delight.
2. an overpowering emotion or exaltation; a state of sudden, intense feeling.
3. the frenzy of poetic inspiration.
4. mental transport or rapture from the contemplation of divine things.
5. (often cap.) Slang. See MDMA.
[1350–1400; Middle English extasie < Middle French < Medieval Latin extasis < Greek ékstasis displacement, trance]
syn: ecstasy, rapture, transport, exaltation share a sense of being taken out of oneself or one's normal state and entering a state of heightened feeling. ecstasy suggests an emotion so overpowering as to produce a trancelike state: religious ecstasy; an ecstasy of grief. rapture most often refers to an elevated sensation of bliss or delight, either carnal or spiritual: the rapture of first love. transport suggests a strength of feeling that often results in expression of some kind: in a transport of delight. exaltation refers to a heady sense of personal well-being so powerful that one is lifted above normal emotional levels: wild exaltation at having finally broken the record.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ecstasy - a state of being carried away by overwhelming emotionecstasy - a state of being carried away by overwhelming emotion; "listening to sweet music in a perfect rapture"- Charles Dickens
emotional state, spirit - the state of a person's emotions (especially with regard to pleasure or dejection); "his emotional state depended on her opinion"; "he was in good spirits"; "his spirit rose"
2.ecstasy - a state of elated bliss
bliss, blissfulness, cloud nine, seventh heaven, walking on air - a state of extreme happiness
3.ecstasy - street names for methylenedioxymethamphetamineecstasy - street names for methylenedioxymethamphetamine
MDMA, methylenedioxymethamphetamine - a stimulant drug that is chemically related to mescaline and amphetamine and is used illicitly for its euphoric and hallucinogenic effects; it was formerly used in psychotherapy but in 1985 it was declared illegal in the United States; "MDMA is often used at parties because it enables partygoers to remain active for long periods of time"

ecstasy

noun rapture, delight, joy, enthusiasm, frenzy, bliss, trance, euphoria, fervour, elation, rhapsody, exaltation, transport, ravishment the agony and ecstasy of holiday romance
suffering, pain, hell, torture, distress, misery, agony, torment, anguish, affliction
Quotations
"To burn always with this hard, gemlike flame, to maintain this ecstasy, is success in life" [Walter Pater Studies in the History of the Renaissance]
"Take all away from me, but leave me Ecstasy,"
"And I am richer then than all my Fellow Men" [Emily Dickinson]
"To be bewitched is not to be saved, though all the magicians and aesthetes in the world should pronounce it to be so" [George Santayana The Life of Reason: Reason in Art]

ecstasy

noun
A state of elated bliss:
Informal: cloud nine.
Translations
extáze
ekstasebegejstringecstasy
ekstaasihurmiohurmostranssi
ekstazaekstazi
eksztázieksztázis
ofsagleîi; algleymi
エクスタシー
무아경
aistringaidžiaugsmu trykštantisekstazėekstazės apimtas
ekstāzeekstazins
extáza
extas
ความปิติยินดีอย่างล้นพ้น
coşkuekstasi hapıkendinden geçme hâlimest olma
trạng thái mê ly

ecstasy

[ˈekstəsɪ] N
1. (Rel, fig) → éxtasis m inv
to go into ecstasies over sthextasiarse ante algo
to be in ecstasyestar en éxtasis
to be in ecstasiesestar en éxtasis
2. (Drugs) → éxtasis m inv

ecstasy

[ˈɛkstəsi] n
(= intense happiness) → extase f
to be in ecstasy → être en extase
to go into ecstasies over sb → être en extase devant qn
(= drug) → ecstasy m

ecstasy

n
Ekstase f, → Verzückung f; to be in ecstasyekstatisch or verzückt sein; to go into ecstasies over somethingüber etw (acc)in Ekstase or Verzückung geraten; ecstasy! she sighedwelche Wonne! seufzte sie
(= drug)Ecstasy nt

ecstasy

[ˈɛkstəsɪ] n
a. (Rel) (fig) → estasi f inv
to go into ecstasies over → andare in estasi per
b. (drug) → ecstasy f

ecstasy

(ˈekstəsi)
1. noun, plural ˈecstasies (a feeling of) very great joy or other overwhelming emotion.
2. (no plural) a narcotic drug.
ecˈstatic (-ˈstӕ-) adjective
an ecstatic mood.
ecˈstatically adverb

ecstasy

نَشْوَة extáze ekstase Ekstase έκσταση éxtasis ekstaasi extase ekstaza estasi エクスタシー 무아경 extase begeistring zachwyt êxtase экстаз extas ความปิติยินดีอย่างล้นพ้น coşku trạng thái mê ly 狂喜

ec·sta·sy

n. éxtasis. 1. trance acompañado de un sentimiento de placer;
2. droga de diseño.

ecstasy

n (fam) metilendioximetanfetamina (MDMA), éxtasis m (fam); liquid — gammahidroxibutirato, éxtasis líquido
References in classic literature ?
I speak not of the finicking joy of the gourmet, but the joy of an honest appetite in ecstasy, the elemental joy of absorbing quantities of fresh simple food,--mere roast lamb, new potatoes, and peas of living green.
I saw your ecstasy AT THE SOUND OF THE VOICE, Christine: the voice that came from the wall or the next room to yours.
When he was within twenty paces, and Nicholas could clearly distinguish every detail of his handsome, happy young face, he experienced a feeling tenderness and ecstasy such as he had never before known.
Chardin delighted him, and Rembrandt moved him to ecstasy.
I listened with every sense, scarcely breathing; plunged, like Captain Nemo, in that musical ecstasy, which was drawing him in spirit to the end of life.
She appeared to be in ecstasy, and did not pay the least attention to what was going on around her.
She recalled faintly an ecstasy of pain, the heavy odor of chloroform, a stupor which had deadened sensation, and an awakening to find a little new life to which she had given being, added to the great unnumbered multitude of souls that come and go.
There is the man whom we all know, stupid, unimaginative, whose brain is bitten numbly by numb maggots; who walks generously with wide-spread, tentative legs, falls frequently in the gutter, and who sees, in the extremity of his ecstasy, blue mice and pink elephants.
With a body of which he was scarcely aware, for even the pain had been exhausted out of it, and with a bright clear brain that accommodated him to a quiet ecstasy of sheer lucidness of thought, he lay back on the lurching litter and watched the fading of the passing world, beholding for the last time the breadfruit tree before the devil- devil house, the dim day beneath the matted jungle roof, the gloomy gorge between the shouldering mountains, the saddle of raw limestone, and the mesa of black volcanic sand.
There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life, and beyond which life cannot rise.
It seems he had begun to revolve the change of his circumstances in his mind, and again this put him into an ecstasy of joy.
He tied some metal mugs to a dog's tail and turned him loose, and he tore around and around the place in a frenzy of fright, with all the other dogs bellowing after him and battering and crashing against everything that came in their way and making altogether a chaos of confusion and a most deafening din and turmoil; at which every man and woman of the multitude laughed till the tears flowed, and some fell out of their chairs and wallowed on the floor in ecstasy.