Definitions for: Rapture


[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: Rap"ture (r[a^]p"t[-u]r; 135), n. [L. rapere, raptum,
to carry off by force. See Rapid.]
1. A seizing by violence; a hurrying along; rapidity with
violence. [Obs.]

That 'gainst a rock, or flat, her keel did dash With
headlong rapture. --Chapman.

2. The state or condition of being rapt, or carried away from
one's self by agreeable excitement; violence of a pleasing
passion; extreme joy or pleasure; ecstasy.

Music, when thus applied, raises in the mind of the
hearer great conceptions; it strengthens devotion,
and advances praise into rapture. --Addison.

You grow correct that once with rapture writ.
--Pope.

3. A spasm; a fit; a syncope; delirium. [Obs.] --Shak.

Syn: Bliss; ecstasy; transport; delight; exultation.


Rap"ture, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Raptured (-t[-u]rd;
135); p. pr. & vb. n. Rapturing.]
To transport with excitement; to enrapture. [Poetic]
--Thomson.

Synonyms: ecstasy, exaltation, raptus, transport

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

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