Definitions

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  • noun pathology A seizure.
  • noun A state of rapture.

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  • noun a sudden occurrence (or recurrence) of a disease
  • noun a state of being carried away by overwhelming emotion

Etymologies

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From Latin raptus, from rapio ("seize").

Examples

  • I put the word raptus on the board and explain that this is where rape comes from: taken, plundered, stolen, a spoil of war.

    Archive 2009-09-01

  • I put the word raptus on the board and explain that this is where rape comes from: taken, plundered, stolen, a spoil of war.

    Ferule & Fescue

  • "What king do you place above all other kings, Magister?" asked Petrea for the second time, -- having this evening her "raptus" of questioning.

    Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern — Volume 6

  • * raptus, meaning, “seized and taken, kidnapped by force, snatched hold of and then taken hostage, carried off or away.”

    the plot of our life sweats in the dark like a face

  • Likewise, there's a scene in Ink and Steel wherein I used every English word derived from the Latin raptus* that I could manage.

    the plot of our life sweats in the dark like a face

  • 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?

    Archive 2007-12-01

  • 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?

    Comparative Ponerology of the Day

  • But connecting with the raptus of summer is something most of us presume without noticing the link we've made.

    Lindsay Mannering: Summertime Spirits, And I Don't Mean Booze

  • Greek author that flourished in the time of Michael Paleologus, writes that a sheep or kid's skin, whom a wolf worried, [4344] 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.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Cephalus egregiae formae juvenis ab aurora raptus quod ejus amore capta esset.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

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