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 viewMore example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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)More example sentences
- 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'.