Definition of raptus in English:

raptus

noun

  • 1Medicine. A seizure; a sudden or acute attack, especially of mental illness. Also with distinguishing scientific Latin word, as "raptus melancholicus", "raptus nervorum", etc. Now rare.

  • 2A state of rapture or excitement.

Origin

Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Thomas Short (c1690–1772), physician. From classical Latin raptus action of tearing or carrying away, robbery, abduction, in post-classical Latin also cramp, rape, rapture, ecstasy (709, frequently from 1200 in British sources) from rapere to seize + -tus, suffix forming verbal nouns.

Pronunciation

raptus

/ˈraptəs/