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- n. A seizure.
- n. A state of rapture.
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- n. a sudden occurrence (or recurrence) of a disease
- n. a state of being carried away by overwhelming emotion
I put the word raptus on the board and explain that this is where rape comes from: taken, plundered, stolen, a spoil of war.
"What king do you place above all other kings, Magister?" asked Petrea for the second time, -- having this evening her "raptus" of questioning.
* raptus, meaning, “seized and taken, kidnapped by force, snatched hold of and then taken hostage, carried off or away.”
Likewise, there's a scene in Ink and Steel wherein I used every English word derived from the Latin raptus* that I could manage.
Who knows today, who even knew in classical times, what inspiration is, what genuine, old, primeval enthusiasm, insicklied critique, unparalysed by thought or by the mortal domination of reason — who knows the divine raptus?
But connecting with the raptus of summer is something most of us presume without noticing the link we've made.
Greek author that flourished in the time of Michael Paleologus, writes that a sheep or kid's skin, whom a wolf worried,  Haedus inhumani raptus ab ore lupi, ought not at all to be worn about a man, because it causeth palpitation of the heart, not for any fear, but a secret virtue which amulets have.
Cephalus egregiae formae juvenis ab aurora raptus quod ejus amore capta esset.
Just thinking about medieval Castile, which is the historical period and location I know best, Among the Visigoths adulterium (illicit sexual intercourse of many kinds) and stuprum (usually fornication with an unmarried woman or widow) were most serious matters and, while illegal sexual relations were an implicit danger in the grave offence of abduction, kidnapping for the purpose of matrimony was the pernicious offence in raptus.
Et agnovit eam, et dixit, Tunica filii mei est: bestia mala devoravit eum, rapiendo raptus est Ioseph.
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