Definition of ecstasy in English:

ecstasy

Line breaks: ec|stasy
Pronunciation: /ˈɛkstəsi
 
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noun (plural ecstasies)

[mass noun]
  • 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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