American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The state of being transported by a lofty emotion; ecstasy.
- n. An expression of ecstatic feeling. Often used in the plural.
- n. The transporting of a person from one place to another, especially to heaven.
- v. To enrapture.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A violent taking and carrying away; seizure; forcible removal.
- n. Violent transporting movement; a rapid carrying or going along; moving energy.
- n. A state of mental transport or exaltation; ecstasy. Ecstatic pleasure; rapt delight or enjoyment; extreme joy over or gladness on account of something.
- n. Ecstatic elevation of thought or feeling; lofty or soaring enthusiasm; exalted or absorbing earnestness.
- n. A manifestation of mental transport; an ecstatic utterance or action; an expression of exalted or passionate feeling of any kind; a rhapsody.
- n. An ecstasy of passionate excitement; a paroxysm or fit from excessive emotion.
- n. Synonyms Transport, bliss, exaltation.
- To enrapture.
- n. Extreme pleasure, happiness or excitement.
- n. In some forms of fundamentalist Protestant eschatology, the event when Jesus returns and gathers the souls of living believers. (Usually "the rapture.")
- n. obsolete The act of kidnapping or abducting, especially the forceful carrying off of a woman.
- n. obsolete Rape; ravishment; sexual violation.
- n. obsolete The act of carrying, conveying, transporting or sweeping along by force of movement; the force of such movement; the fact of being carried along by such movement.
- v. dated, intransitive to experience great happiness or excitement
- v. dated, transitive to cause to experience great happiness or excitement
- v. rare to take part in the Rapture
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A seizing by violence; a hurrying along; rapidity with violence.
- n. The state or condition of being rapt, or carried away from one's self by agreeable excitement; violence of a pleasing passion; extreme joy or pleasure; ecstasy.
- n. obsolete A spasm; a fit; a syncope; delirium.
- v. Poetic To transport with excitement; to enrapture.
- n. a state of elated bliss
- n. a state of being carried away by overwhelming emotion
- Latin raptūra, future active participle of rapiō ("snatch, carry off") (Wiktionary)
- Obsolete French, abduction, carrying off, from rapt, carried away, from Old French rat, from Latin raptus; see rapt. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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