• WordNet 3.6
    • n ecstasy street names for methylenedioxymethamphetamine
    • n ecstasy a state of being carried away by overwhelming emotion "listening to sweet music in a perfect rapture"- Charles Dickens"
    • n ecstasy a state of elated bliss
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ecstasy (Med) 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.
    • Ecstasy Excessive and overmastering joy or enthusiasm; rapture; enthusiastic delight. "He on the tender grass
      Would sit, and hearken even to ecstasy ."
    • Ecstasy 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. "Like a mad prophet in an ecstasy .""This is the very ecstasy of love."
    • v. t Ecstasy To fill ecstasy, or with rapture or enthusiasm. "The most ecstasied order of holy . . . spirits."
    • Ecstasy Violent distraction of mind; violent emotion; excessive grief of anxiety; insanity; madness. "That unmatched form and feature of blown youth
      Blasted with ecstasy ."
      "Our words will but increase his ecstasy ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ecstasy 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 ecstasy 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. Specifically— Joyful, delightful, or rapturous emotion; extravagant delight: as, the ecstasy of love; he gazed upon the scene with ecstasy.
    • n ecstasy Grievous, fearful, or painful emotion; extreme agitation; distraction: as, the very ecstasy of grief; an ecstasy of fear.
    • n ecstasy 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 ecstasy Insanity; madness.
    • ecstasy To fill with rapture or enthusiasm.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ecstasy ek′sta-si a word applied to states of mind marked by temporary mental alienation and altered or diminished consciousness: excessive joy: enthusiasm, or any exalted feeling
    • v.t Ecstasy to fill with joy
    • n Ecstasy one given to ecstasy: something spoken in a state of ecstasy
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  • Jean Cocteau
    “If a hermit lives in a state of ecstasy, his lack of comfort becomes the height of comfort. He must relinquish it.”
  • W. Somerset Maugham
    “Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it. It is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that is all.”
  • Georges Bataille
    “Life has always taken place in a tumult without apparent cohesion, but it only finds its grandeur and its reality in ecstasy and in ecstatic love.”
  • Orson Welles
    “Ecstasy is not really part of the scene we can do on celluloid.”
  • John Updike
    “Existence itself does not feel horrible; it feels like an ecstasy, rather, which we have only to be still to experience.”
  • Walter Benjamin
    “Living substance conquers the frenzy of destruction only in the ecstasy of procreation.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. extase, L. ecstasis, fr. Gr. , fr. to put out of place, derange; = 'ek out + to set, stand. See Ex-, and Stand


In literature:

Emily was in ecstasy, and the children quite wild with delight.
"Isabel Leicester" by Clotilda Jennings
But when the mother puts her face quite near, and laughs and coos, then the baby trembles with an ecstasy of love.
"Fantasia of the Unconscious" by D. H. Lawrence
The ecstasy of union had swallowed her: she was gone.
"The Substance of a Dream" by F. W. Bain
Reminds one of Maud's ecstasies the other evening.
"A Houseful of Girls" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
On every side of it the beer-houses, full of a dulled, savage ecstasy of life, gleamed brighter than the shops.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
I experienced ecstasies that were not happiness; I learned the bitter truth, that rapture is not bliss.
"Rattlin the Reefer" by Edward Howard
Love, in this sense, is an ecstasy; but it is an ecstasy from which all troubling, agitating, individual exactions have been obliterated.
"The Complex Vision" by John Cowper Powys
The ear has its ecstasy as have other senses.
"Wisdom, Wit, and Pathos of Ouida" by Ouida
Then, for a moment of bewildering ecstasy, her lips lay on mine, and I felt them faintly answer.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
Peggy was in an ecstasy of joy.
"Peggy Stewart at School" by Gabrielle E. Jackson

In poetry:

Then let us tune our hearts with joy,
And touch the strings with glee,
For honor, truth, and purity,
Will bring soul-ecstasy.
"Heartstrings" by Jared Barhite
Ah! these were blissful moments; yet
I revel in their memory,—
And present cares and fears forget
In that departed ecstasy.
"Anxieties and Comforts" by John Bowring
Through thee, the gracious Muses turn,
To Furies, O mine Enemy!
And all the things of beauty burn
With flames of evil ecstasy.
"The Dark Angel" by Lionel Pigot Johnson
We only saw each other then;
We look'd as if no more again,
And our tumultuous hearts should die,
In that wild dream of ecstasy.
"You Told Me That You Loved Me" by James Avis Bartley
In passionate melody did melt
Bird-voices, scent of flower and tree,
And he within his bosom felt
The piercing thorn of ecstasy.
"The Two Keys" by Victor James Daley
The storms of Self below me rage and die.
On the still bosom of mine ecstasy,
A lotus on a lake of balm, I lie
Forever in Nirvana.
"Nirvana" by Sidney Lanier

In news:

A San Francisco man has been convicted in federal court in the city on three drug charges related to distribution of MDMA, also known as ecstasy, and LSD.
Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy review: New drug, same addictions.
Undercover sting yields arrests & 1,600 ecstasy pills in Brownsville.
An undercover investigation has ended with two Brownsville men behinds bars and more than 1,600 ecstasy pills off the streets.
Big Ecstasy shipment intercepted, suspect locked-up locally.
Agony, ecstasy : Election night 2012.
Anxiety Turns to Ecstasy for the Irish.
ALTERNATIVE TREATMENT Rick Doblin of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, which is financing research into the drug Ecstasy .
The Ecstasy and Agonies of a Permanent Democratic Majority.
Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters.
Three accused of having marijuana, Ecstasy in Schoharie County home.
A Hawthorne man arrested on suspicion of dealing in ecstasy , pain pills and pot in the Laguna Beach area was behind bars today.
Cee Lo Green accused of slipping ecstasy in woman's drink.
Accused Of Drugging Victim With Ecstasy .
The new grille badge features the Spirit of Ecstasy with a Union Flag replacing the traditional flowing gown.