Definition of ecstatic in English:



  • 1Feeling or expressing overwhelming happiness or joyful excitement:

    ‘ecstatic fans filled the stadium’
    • ‘He walked up to the table with a smile, and seemed excessively ecstatic to find her.’
    • ‘All the inmates were ecstatic to hear that, but weren't exactly sure if it was true.’
    • ‘I'm absolutely ecstatic at having the opportunity to learn from a professional cheerleader.’
    • ‘He didn't want to scare her, but her reaction made him ecstatic.’
    • ‘They didn't expect that until 2020, so that number makes them ecstatic.’
    • ‘I received just over 200 for the last chapter, which made me ecstatic.’
    • ‘She grins at the sight of me, positively ecstatic at how beautifully I had cleaned up.’
    • ‘The French talk in almost ecstatic terms about the spine of the team being restored.’
    • ‘At the visitor centre, the comments on the building were almost all enthusiastic, even ecstatic.’
    • ‘And when the game finally became available over the Internet last year, fans were ecstatic.’
    • ‘But I hoped he felt the same as I had, ecstatic and bubbling with happiness.’
    • ‘The ecstatic crowd promptly rose to the occasion showing tremendous enthusiasm and support for the home band.’
    • ‘I was absolutely ecstatic because it was the best shot of the day.’
    • ‘I'd been, if not exactly ecstatic, at least content with my lot.’
    • ‘Her two friends had been ecstatic to see her looking so much better.’
    • ‘She giggled, ecstatic to hear from him.’
    • ‘But the kids will be ecstatic, and a happy child often begets a calm vacation.’
    • ‘Here's how ecstatic Boston fans got the news from their morning paper.’
    • ‘When my eyes finally adjusted I was ecstatic with happiness.’
    • ‘Shaun was ecstatic to hear about the wedding.’
    enraptured, elated, transported, in transports, in raptures, euphoric
    rapturous, joyful, joyous, overjoyed, blissful, beatific
    on cloud nine, in seventh heaven, beside oneself with happiness, beside oneself with joy, jumping for joy, rhapsodic, ravished, enchanted, enthusiastic, delighted, thrilled, jubilant, exultant, happy
    over the moon, on top of the world, blissed out
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  • 2Involving an experience of mystic self-transcendence:

    ‘an ecstatic vision of God’
    • ‘Perhaps the energy generated by ecstatic dance in worship of the spirits can call the rains to come.’
    • ‘While he does eventually renew his belief in the Lord it comes as a result of resolving family conflicts and not an ecstatic vision of the Lord.’
    • ‘Are the people who experience ecstatic religious states just having a really good trip?’
    • ‘Though I think the best reference is as one where it was used for specific religious practice to achieve ecstatic states: Soma.’
    • ‘Ecstatic temporality transcends particular entities in two respects.’
    • ‘Much of Sufism seems to be focused on trying to raise up that higher self, the ecstatic experience in which you are in union with God.’
    • ‘But if you just have ecstatic experiences and the Torah is not stacked up on your heart, nothing happens.’
    • ‘Religion has always provided some kind of ecstatic experience.’
    • ‘Nothing wrong with that especially when the resulting outcome is something bordering on a religious experience of aural ecstatic proportions.’
    • ‘What's odd, however, is the sheer fervour with which he's using them, eyes blazing, grinning like a devotee of a particularly ecstatic religious cult.’
    • ‘Indigenous religions are big on this; all those ecstatic dances of the shaman are essentially the same experience.’
    • ‘Ecstatic trances can produce a feeling of "pounding" in the head.’


  • A person subject to mystical experiences.

    • ‘This interp was profoundly influenced by the fear elicited by the Thugi ecstatics, who represented only a small and twisted offshooting of Tantra and the worship of Ma, but is now presented as the whole of it.’
    • ‘Intransigent towards ecstatics, sarcastic towards Catholics, intractable towards heretics, Calvinism participated unwittingly in the disenchantment of the world.’
    • ‘In theory, since God is no respecter of persons, the role of mystic / ecstatic should have been open to all.’
    • ‘Why, then, were we shown rather unrepresentative scenes of predominantly female ecstatics?’
    • ‘A song by the American rap group Cypress Hill accompanied an exquisitely edited video - this was the artist's first excursion into the medium - of a belly dancer and Sufi ecstatics dancing at a moulid (religious celebration).’