One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An overwhelming feeling of great happiness or joyful excitement.‘there was a look of ecstasy on his face’count noun ‘they went into ecstasies over the view’
rapture, bliss, elation, euphoria, cloud nine, seventh heaven, transports, rhapsodiesView synonyms
- ‘There is a freedom, thrill and ecstasy associated with being employed which is indescribable.’
- ‘The two seconds of palpable ecstasy dissipates to a sudden realization that the action is over.’
- ‘Look at the canvass after a couple of days when he is through and you wouldn't help uttering sighs of ecstasy.’
- ‘But what had me really sighing with ecstasy was the yam and meat hotpot.’
- ‘A news photographer took a picture of a man waving a flag in ecstasy, which was published on the front page.’
- ‘For a few minutes he felt pure joy and ecstasy even though his fate told a much different story.’
- ‘As the song and the dance went on their hearts were filled with ecstasy and tears of joy flowed from their eyes.’
- ‘When the hymns started, Jimmy's expression changed to one of ecstasy and transport.’
- ‘That weird feeling of ecstasy overwhelmed her and her mind became foggy for a moment.’
- ‘His body twitched from the sheer ecstasy of it all.’
- ‘The temptation to let the heady ecstasy of power get the better of you is self-evident.’
- ‘The last two races were auction races with serious betting creating ecstasy.’
- ‘At that moment, I closed my eyes, every feeling of happiness and ecstasy going through me immediately.’
- ‘Throwing my head back at the sheer ecstasy of being alive, I howled at the moon.’
- ‘We look at each other, and I notice there are tears in his eyes from sheer ecstasy.’
- ‘It was breathtaking, heart-stopping stuff with an ending to send the York City faithful into ecstasy.’
- ‘While continentals swoon with ecstasy over white asparagus, it is the green spears we crave.’
- ‘Community Planning is in ecstasy over the spending increases they can expect from the new council.’
- ‘As you filed out of the stadium that night the sense of ecstasy and optimism was almost overwhelming.’
- ‘The day I discovered that someone had linked to my blog, I experienced the ultimate ecstasy.’
2An emotional or religious frenzy or trance-like state, originally one involving an experience of mystic self-transcendence.
- ‘Stigmatics often receive religious visions or ecstasies, having visions of Christ and various saints, and also ‘re-living’ or seeing parts of Christ's passion and sharing in his suffering.’
- ‘He combined a Catholic devotion to the sacraments of the Church with a Pentecostal welcoming of healings, ecstasies and Low Church spontaneity.’
- ‘Her afflictions, visions, and ecstasies began to spread her fame on the winds of the Catholic Awakening movement that was gaining force at the time.’
- ‘Spiritual ecstasy must not come at the cost of dignity.’
- ‘The Book of Margery Kempe, the spiritual autobiography of the wife of a Lynn burgess, exemplified the virtues which lay men and women sought, and the revelations, visions, and ecstasies by which they came to possess them.’
3An amphetamine-based recreational drug having euphoric effects, typically taken in the form of a pill and particularly associated with clubbing and dance music subcultures.
- ‘Police arrested him and found a tablet of ecstasy in his pocket.’
- ‘The recreational drug ecstasy is neurotoxic if taken in high enough doses.’
- ‘Initially, the autopsy results indicated that his internal injuries were thought to be from ingesting liquid ecstasy.’
- ‘Last year he was in court again on charges of conspiring to supply ecstasy and amphetamines.’
- ‘A hit or two of ecstasy might cause more than just an overwhelming desire to dance the night away.’
Late Middle English (in ecstasy (sense 2)): from Old French extasie, via late Latin from Greek ekstasis ‘standing outside oneself’, based on ek- ‘out’ + histanai ‘to place’.
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