from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Intense joy or delight.
- n. A state of emotion so intense that one is carried beyond rational thought and self-control: an ecstasy of rage.
- n. The trance, frenzy, or rapture associated with mystic or prophetic exaltation.
- n. Slang MDMA.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Intense pleasure.
- n. A state of emotion so intense that a person is carried beyond rational thought and self-control.
- n. A trance, frenzy, or rapture associated with mystic or prophetic exaltation.
- n. The drug MDMA, a synthetic entactogen of the phenethylamine family.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state of being beside one's self or rapt out of one's self; a state in which the mind is elevated above the reach of ordinary impressions, as when under the influence of overpowering emotion; an extraordinary elevation of the spirit, as when the soul, unconscious of sensible objects, is supposed to contemplate heavenly mysteries.
- n. Excessive and overmastering joy or enthusiasm; rapture; enthusiastic delight.
- n. Violent distraction of mind; violent emotion; excessive grief of anxiety; insanity; madness.
- n. A state which consists in total suspension of sensibility, of voluntary motion, and largely of mental power. The body is erect and inflexible; the pulsation and breathing are not affected.
- transitive v. To fill ecstasy, or with rapture or enthusiasm.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A state in which the mind is exalted or liberated as it were from the body; a state in which the functions of the senses are suspended by the contemplation of some extraordinary or supernatural object, or by absorption in some overpowering idea, most frequently of a religious nature; entrancing rapture or transport.
- n. Overpowering emotion or exaltation, in which the mind is absorbed and the actions are controlled by the exciting subject; a sudden access of intense feeling.
- n. Grievous, fearful, or painful emotion; extreme agitation; distraction: as, the very ecstasy of grief; an ecstasy of fear.
- n. In medicine, a morbid state of the nervous system, allied to catalepsy and trance, in which the patient assumes the attitude and expression of rapture. Also ecstasis.
- n. Insanity; madness.
- To fill with rapture or enthusiasm.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a state of being carried away by overwhelming emotion
- n. a state of elated bliss
- n. street names for methylenedioxymethamphetamine
Middle English extasie, from Old French, from Late Latin extasis, terror, from Greek ekstasis, astonishment, distraction, from existanai, to displace, derange : ek-, out of; see ecto- + histanai, to place; see stā- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ἔκστασις (ekstasis), from ἐξίστημι (eksistēmi, "I displace"), from ἐκ (ek, "out") and ἵστημι (histēmi, "I stand"). (Wiktionary)