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rhap·so·dy

 (răp′sə-dē)
n. pl. rhap·so·dies
1. Exalted or excessively enthusiastic expression of feeling in speech or writing.
2. A literary work written in an impassioned or exalted style.
3. A state of elated bliss; ecstasy.
4. Music A usually instrumental composition of irregular form that often incorporates improvisation.
5. An ancient Greek epic poem or a portion of one suitable for uninterrupted recitation.

[Latin rhapsōdia, section of an epic poem, from Greek rhapsōidiā, from rhapsōidein, to recite poems : rhaptein, rhaps-, to sew; see wer- in Indo-European roots + aoidē, ōidē, song; see wed- in Indo-European roots.]
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rhapsody

(ˈræpsədɪ)
n, pl -dies
1. (Music, other) music a composition free in structure and highly emotional in character
2. an expression of ecstatic enthusiasm
3. (Historical Terms) (in ancient Greece) an epic poem or part of an epic recited by a rhapsodist
4. (Poetry) (in ancient Greece) an epic poem or part of an epic recited by a rhapsodist
5. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a literary work composed in an intense or exalted style
6. rapturous delight or ecstasy
7. obsolete a medley
[C16: via Latin from Greek rhapsōidia, from rhaptein to sew together + ōidē song]
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rhap•so•dy

(ˈræp sə di)

n., pl. -dies.
1. a musical composition irregular in form and suggestive of improvisation.
2. an ecstatic expression of feeling or enthusiasm.
3. an epic poem, or a part of such a poem.
4. an unusually intense, emotional literary work or discourse.
[1535–45; < Latin rhapsōdia < Greek rhapsōidía recital of epic poetry]
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Rhapsody

 a collection of persons; notes; miscellaneous collections; any number of parts joined together—Johnson, 1755.
Examples: rhapsody of errors and calumnies, 1639; of freebooters, 1689; of condemned heresies, 1580; of impertinence, 1765; of nonsense, 1711; of evening tales, 1755; of wild theory, 1837; of words, 1602.
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rhapsody

An instrumental fantasia, often based on folk song.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rhapsody - an epic poem adapted for recitation
epic, epic poem, heroic poem, epos - a long narrative poem telling of a hero's deeds
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Translations
rapsódie
rapsodi
rapszódia
hástemmdur texti eîa tal; rapsódía
patetiška kalbarapsodija
patētiska runa
rapsódia
rapsodi

rhapsody

[ˈræpsədɪ] N
1. (Mus) → rapsodia f
2. (fig) → transporte m de admiración
to be in rhapsodiesestar extasiado
to go into rhapsodies overextasiarse por
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rhapsody

[ˈræpsədi] n
(MUSIC)rhapsodie f
(= praise) → éloge m délirantrhesus factor [ˈriːsəsfæktər] nfacteur m rhésusrhesus negative [ˌriːsəsˈnɛgətɪv] adjde rhésus négatifrhesus positive [ˌriːsəsˈpɒzɪtɪv] adjde rhésus positif
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rhapsody

n (Mus) → Rhapsodie f; (fig)Schwärmerei f
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rhapsody

[ˈræpsədɪ] n (Mus) → rapsodia
to go into rhapsodies over sth (fig) → andare in estasi per qc
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rhapsody

(ˈrӕpsədi) plural ˈrhapsodies noun
an expression of strong feeling or excitement in eg music or speech.
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References in classic literature ?
It is enough to say, without applying this poetical rhapsody to Aouda, that she was a charming woman, in all the European acceptation of the phrase.
And probably the half-unconscious rhapsody was a Fetichistic utterance in a Monotheistic setting; women whose chief companions are the forms and forces of outdoor Nature retain in their souls far more of the Pagan fantasy of their remote forefathers than of the systematized religion taught their race at later date.
Martin paused from his rhapsody, only to break out afresh.
"Simply, loveliest and most benign of your sex, that once already, in answer to a demand of your hand, you deigned to reply with that energetic and encouraging monosyllable, yes--dear and categorical affirmative--" exclaimed Tom, going off again at half-cock, highly impressed with the notion that rhapsody, instead of music, was the food of love--"Yes, dear and categorical affirmative, with what ecstasy did not my drowsy ears drink in the melodious sounds--what extravagance of delight my throbbing heart echo its notes, on the wings of the unseen winds--in short, what considerable satisfaction your consent gave my pulsating mind!"
I affirm that he shared the general beatitude, and that, quite the reverse of La Fontaine, who, at the presentation of his comedy of the "Florentine," asked, "Who is the ill-bred lout who made that rhapsody?" Gringoire would gladly have inquired of his neighbor, "Whose masterpiece is this?"
That insures us a temporal, but this an eternal happiness.--But I am afraid I tire you with my rhapsody."
The rhapsody welled up within me, like blood from an inward wound, and gushed out.
"I have not authorized you to suspect any part of this rhapsody to be true--I have not said you were right in a single particular."
Osborne broke out into a rhapsody of self-praise and imprecations;-- by the first, excusing himself to his own conscience for his conduct; by the second, exaggerating the undutifulness of George.
His lips curled with contempt at the passionate rhapsody. He knew a thing or two, he allowed, about these wonderful Roses of Sharon and this Song of Songs.
After uttering this rhapsody, the old gentleman snapped his fingers twenty or thirty times, and then subsided into an ecstatic contemplation of Miss La Creevy's charms.
Her discourse gave evidence of an imagination hopelessly entangled with her reason; it was a vague and incomprehensible rhapsody, which, however, seemed to spread its own atmosphere round the hearer's soul, and to move his feelings by some influence unconnected with the words.