noun (plural ecstasies)[mass noun]
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 (in sense 2): from Old French extasie, via late Latin from Greek ekstasis 'standing outside oneself', based on ek- 'out' + histanai 'to place'.
The base of the word ecstasy is Greek ekstasis, which meant ‘standing outside yourself’. Ecstasy first referred to a state of frenzy or distraction, of literally being ‘beside yourself’ with fear, passion, or other strong emotion. This meaning is now encountered only rarely, but was famously used by Wilfred Owen in his war poem ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ (written in 1917): ‘Gas! Gas! Quick, boys!—An ecstasy of fumbling, Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time.’ The word came during the 16th and 17th centuries to mean a condition of emotional or religious frenzy or heightened emotion: if you were in ecstasy you were transported by any emotion, not just happiness or pleasure. The illegal drug Ecstasy is first referred to in 1985, in the Los Angeles Times. It gained its ‘street’ name because of its euphoric effects—the chemical name is methylenedioxymethamphetamine, or MDMA.
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