Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of, pertaining to, or consisting of rhapsody; of the nature of rhapsody; hence, enthusiastic to extravagance; exaggerated in sentiment and expression; gushing.
- Repeated at intervals of greater or less regularity: said of volcanic eruptions, as at Vesuvius.
- adj. rhapsodic
“And here I reach my utmost point in the direction of what you are free to call the rhapsodical and the incomprehensible.”
“When time permits I shall wax rhapsodical about the help I've received from two very special people.”
“A surge of rhapsodical jubilation swept through missionary ranks now that God had at last given them a sign that they were His chosen people.”
“Wryn is terribly interested in going away to fight in the Crusades, prompting George to wax rhapsodical about his acre and cows and ducks.”
“Welhaven endured the rationalist and republican rhetoric of Wergeland as long as he could, although with growing exasperation, until the rhapsodical author of”
“I became very glowing again, and, expressing myself in a rhapsodical style, I am afraid, urged my request strongly; reminding the Doctor that I had already a profession.”
“I would have given a good deal to hear his rhapsodical eloquence again, or even his almost noiseless laugh ....”
“What they got, it is obvious, was something that their own sex was unable to supply; and it would not be rash, perhaps, to define it further, without quoting the doubtless rhapsodical words of the poets, as some stimulus; some renewal of creative power which is in the gift only of the opposite sex to bestow.”
“Thus it will be seen, that in his communication with certain friends who approached nearer to his own time of life, Clive was much more eloquent and rhapsodical than in the letter which he wrote to his father, regarding his passion for Miss Ethel.”
“We are galloped to them over every obstacle on the pounding hoofs of rhapsodical prose.”
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