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ecstasy

noun

  1. (emotional state)  a state of being carried away by overwhelming emotion
    Synonyms: exaltation, rapture, raptus, transport. Type of: emotional state
  2. (blissfulness)  a state of elated bliss
    Synonyms: rapture. Type of: blissfulness
  3. (club drug)  a stimulant drug that is chemically related to mescaline and amphetamine, and is used illicitly for its euphoric and hallucinogenic effects; it was formerly used in psychotherapy but in 1985 it was declared illegal in the United States
    Synonyms: methylenedioxymethamphetamine, Adam [slang], cristal [slang], disco biscuit [slang], go...

Etymology summary

"in a frenzy or stupor, fearful, excited", from Old French estaise "ecstasy,...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

New World Dictionary:

ecstasy | ecstasies [plural] | MDMA [sense-specific]

a state of being overpowered by emotion, as by joy, grief, or passion | a feeling of overpowering joy; great delight; rapture | a trance, especially ... (24 of 81 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation, 1 image)

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Wiktionary:

ecstasy | ecstasies [plural] | extasy [sense-specific] | MDMA mali [synonym, sense-specific] | (Modern Vernacular) E [synonym, sense-specific] | XTC [synonym, sense-specific] | X [synonym, sense-specific] | mali [synonym, sense-specific] | thizz [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

Intense pleasure. | A state of emotion so intense that a person is carried beyond rational thought and self-control. | A trance, frenzy, or rapture associated with mystic or prophetic exaltation. | [slang] The drug MDMA, a synthetic entactogen of the ... (38 of 41 words, 4 definitions, 1 image)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/ecstasy

Collins Dictionary:

ecstasy | ecstasies [plural] | rapture [synonym, sense-specific]

[often plural] a state of exalted delight, joy, etc; rapture | intense emotion of any kind | [psychology] overpowering emotion characterized by loss ... (21 of 573 words, 5 definitions, 13 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/ecstasy

Wikipedia:

Ecstasy [disambiguation]

may refer to: Ecstasy (emotion), a trance or trance-like state in which a person transcends normal consciousness | Religious ecstasy, a state of consciousness characterized by expanded spiritual awareness, visions or absolute euphoria | Ecstasy ... (33 of 515 words, 38 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Ecstasy

Britannica Encyclopedia:

ecstasy [religion]

in mysticism, the experience of an inner vision of God or of one's relation to or union with the divine. Various methods have been used to achieve ... (27 of 322 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/178645​/ecstasy

Merriam-Webster:

ecstasy | ecstasies [plural] | Ecstasy [sense-specific] | MDMA [sense-specific] | C11H15NO2 [chemical formula, sense-specific] | swoon [synonym, sense-specific] | trance [synonym, sense-specific] | cloud nine [synonym, sense-specific] | elatedness [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

a state of being beyond reason and self-control ; [archaic] "swoon" | a state of overwhelming emotion ; especially, rapturous delight | "trance" ; ... (22 of 280 words, 4 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/ecstasy

Oxford Dictionary:

ecstasy | ecstasies [plural] | Ecstasy | MDMA [synonym, sense-specific]

an overwhelming feeling of great happiness or joyful excitement | an emotional or religious frenzy or trance-like state, originally one involving an ... (21 of 125 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/ecstasy

Macmillan British Dictionary:

ecstasy [countable/uncountable] | ecstasies [plural] | be in/go into ecstasies

a feeling of great happiness and pleasure, often sexual pleasure | [literary] an extreme emotional religious state during which you do not realize ... (22 of 79 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/ecstasy

American Heritage Dictionary:

ecstasy | ecstasies [plural]

Intense joy or delight. | A state of emotion so intense that one is carried beyond rational thought and self-control | The trance, frenzy, or rapture ... (24 of 77 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ecstasy

Columbia Encyclopedia:

ecstasy

either of two drugs used for their euphoric effects. The original ecstasy, a so-called designer drug, also known as MDMA, is an analog of ... (24 of 70 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0816725​.html

Random House Dictionary:

ecstasy | ecstasies [plural]

rapturous delight. | an overpowering emotion or exaltation; a state of sudden, intense feeling. | the frenzy of poetic inspiration. | mental transport ... (20 of 39 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/ecstasy

Cambridge Dictionary:

ecstasy [entry 1]

a state of extreme happiness, especially when feeling pleasure (9 of 28 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/ecstasy 1

ecstasy [entry 2] | E | E's [informal abbreviation, plural] | Es [informal abbreviation]

([abbreviation] "E") a powerful drug which makes you feel very active and can cause you to hallucinate (see or hear things that do not exist) (25 of 34 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/ecstasy 2

Encarta Dictionary:

ecstasy | ecstasies [plural]

a feeling of intense delight | a feeling or activity characterized by its extreme intensity | an illegal drug used as a stimulant and relaxer of ... (24 of 171 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861607462​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

ecstasy

First use: late 14th century

Origin: "in a frenzy or stupor, fearful, excited", from Old French estaise "ecstasy, rapture", from Late Latin extasis, from Greek ... (22 of 104 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=ecstasy

American Heritage Dictionary:

ecstasy | ecstasies [plural]

Origin: Middle English extasie, from Old French, from Late Latin extasis, terror, from Greek ekstasis, astonishment, ... (15 of 34 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ecstasy

New World Dictionary:

ecstasy | ecstasies [plural]

Origin: Middle English and Old French extasie from ecclesiastical Late Latin ecstasis from Greek ekstasis, a being put out of its place, ... (21 of 31 etymology words)

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Merriam-Webster:

ecstasy | ecstasies [plural] | Ecstasy [sense-specific]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English extasie, from Middle French, from Late Latin ecstasis, from Greek ekstasis, from existanai to derange, from ... (20 of 28 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/ecstasy

Collins Dictionary:

ecstasy | ecstasies [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Old French extasie, via Medieval Latin from Greek ekstasis displacement, trance, from existanai to displace, from ex- ... (20 of 26 etymology words)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/ecstasy

Oxford Dictionary:

ecstasy | ecstasies [plural] | Ecstasy

Origin: late Middle English (in "..."): from Old French extasie, via late Latin from Greek ekstasis "standing outside oneself", based on ... (20 of 25 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/ecstasy

Wiktionary:

ecstasy

Origin: Ancient Greek ἔκστασις (ekstasis), from ἐξίστημι (eksistēmi, "I displace"), from ἐκ (ek, "out") and ἵστημι (histēmi, "I stand").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/ecstasy

Encarta Dictionary:

ecstasy | ecstasies [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: French from Greek ekstasis from existanai "displace, drive out (of your mind)" from histanai "put"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861607462​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

ecstasy | ecstasies [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "ecstasy"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/ecstasy

Macmillan British Dictionary:

ecstasy [countable/uncountable] | ecstasies [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "ecstasy"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/ecstasy

Ecstasy [uncountable]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "Ecstasy"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

ecstasy [countable/uncountable] | ecstasies [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "ecstasy"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/ecstasy

Ecstasy [uncountable]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "Ecstasy"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

ecstasy [entry 2]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "ecstasy"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "ecstasy"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/ecstasy 2

the Free Dictionary:

ecstasy

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "ecstasy"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "ecstasy"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "ecstasy" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/ecstasy

Google Dictionary:

ecstasy | ecstasies [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "ecstasy"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

ecstasy

Audio: North American pronunciation of "ecstasy"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=ecstas​01 word=ecstasy

YourDictionary Audio:

ecstasy

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "ecstasy" by speech synthesizer

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