Definition of ecstasy in English:


Syllabification: ec·sta·sy
Pronunciation: /ˈekstəsē

noun (plural ecstasies)

1An overwhelming feeling of great happiness or joyful excitement: there was a look of ecstasy on his face they went into ecstasies over the view
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  • At that moment, I closed my eyes, every feeling of happiness and ecstasy going through me immediately.
  • 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.
2An emotional or religious frenzy or trancelike state, originally one involving an experience of mystic self-transcendence.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • He combined a Catholic devotion to the sacraments of the Church with a Pentecostal welcoming of healings, ecstasies and Low Church spontaneity.
3 (Ecstasy) An amphetamine-based synthetic drug with euphoric and hallucinatory effects, originally promoted as an adjunct to psychotherapy. (abbreviation: MDMA)
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  • 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.


late Middle English (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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