Definition of ecstasy in English:

ecstasy

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Pronunciation: /ˈɛkstəsi
 
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noun (plural ecstasies)

[mass noun]
1An overwhelming feeling of great happiness or joyful excitement: there was a look of ecstasy on his face [count noun]: 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.
Synonyms
rapture, bliss, elation, euphoria, cloud nine, seventh heaven, transports, rhapsodies; joy, joyousness, jubilation, exultation, heaven, paradise, delight
informal the top of the world
2An emotional or religious frenzy or trance-like 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 illegal amphetamine-based synthetic drug with euphoric effects, originally produced as an appetite suppressant. Also called 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.

Origin

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'.

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