Definitions for: Ecstasy


[n] 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
[n] a state of being carried away by overwhelming emotion; "listening to sweet music in a perfect rapture"- Charles Dickens
[n] a state of elated bliss



Webster (1913) Definition: Ec"sta*sy, n.; pl. Ecstasies. [F. extase, L.
ecstasis, fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? to put out of place, derange; ? =
? 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.

Like a mad prophet in an ecstasy. --Dryden.

This is the very ecstasy of love. --Shak.

2. Excessive and overmastering joy or enthusiasm; rapture;
enthusiastic delight.

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

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

That unmatched form and feature of blown youth
Blasted with ecstasy. --Shak.

Our words will but increase his ecstasy. --Marlowe.

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.


Ec"sta*sy, v. t.
To fill ecstasy, or with rapture or enthusiasm. [Obs.]

The most ecstasied order of holy . . . spirits. --Jer.
Taylor.

Synonyms: Adam, exaltation, MDMA, methylenedioxymethamphetamine, rapture, raptus, transport, X

See Also: bliss, blissfulness, cloud nine, emotional state, seventh heaven, spirit, stimulant, stimulant drug, walking on air

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