Definition of ecstasy in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘As the song and the dance went on their hearts were filled with ecstasy and tears of joy flowed from their eyes.’
    • ‘Community Planning is in ecstasy over the spending increases they can expect from the new council.’
    • ‘There is a freedom, thrill and ecstasy associated with being employed which is indescribable.’
    • ‘That weird feeling of ecstasy overwhelmed her and her mind became foggy for a moment.’
    • ‘The day I discovered that someone had linked to my blog, I experienced the ultimate ecstasy.’
    • ‘As you filed out of the stadium that night the sense of ecstasy and optimism was almost overwhelming.’
    • ‘Look at the canvass after a couple of days when he is through and you wouldn't help uttering sighs of ecstasy.’
    • ‘For a few minutes he felt pure joy and ecstasy even though his fate told a much different story.’
    • ‘But what had me really sighing with ecstasy was the yam and meat hotpot.’
    • ‘The two seconds of palpable ecstasy dissipates to a sudden realization that the action is over.’
    • ‘A news photographer took a picture of a man waving a flag in ecstasy, which was published on the front page.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When the hymns started, Jimmy's expression changed to one of ecstasy and transport.’
    • ‘While continentals swoon with ecstasy over white asparagus, it is the green spears we crave.’
    • ‘At that moment, I closed my eyes, every feeling of happiness and ecstasy going through me immediately.’
    • ‘We look at each other, and I notice there are tears in his eyes from sheer ecstasy.’
    • ‘Throwing my head back at the sheer ecstasy of being alive, I howled at the moon.’
    • ‘His body twitched from the sheer ecstasy of it all.’
    • ‘It was breathtaking, heart-stopping stuff with an ending to send the York City faithful into ecstasy.’
    rapture, bliss, elation, euphoria, cloud nine, seventh heaven, transports, rhapsodies
    joy, joyousness, jubilation, exultation, heaven, paradise, delight
    the top of the world
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  • 2An emotional or religious frenzy or trance-like state, originally one involving an experience of mystic self-transcendence.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Spiritual ecstasy must not come at the cost of dignity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 3An illegal amphetamine-based synthetic drug with euphoric effects, originally produced as an appetite suppressant.

    Also called MDMA
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A hit or two of ecstasy might cause more than just an overwhelming desire to dance the night away.’
    • ‘Police arrested him and found a tablet of ecstasy in his pocket.’
    • ‘Last year he was in court again on charges of conspiring to supply ecstasy and amphetamines.’


Late Middle English (in ecstasy): from Old French extasie, via late Latin from Greek ekstasis standing outside oneself, based on ek- out + histanai to place.