• WordNet 3.6
    • n rapture a state of being carried away by overwhelming emotion "listening to sweet music in a perfect rapture"- Charles Dickens"
    • n rapture a state of elated bliss
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rapture A seizing by violence; a hurrying along; rapidity with violence. "That 'gainst a rock, or flat, her keel did dash
      With headlong rapture ."
    • Rapture A spasm; a fit; a syncope; delirium.
    • Rapture 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. "Music, when thus applied, raises in the mind of the hearer great conceptions; it strengthens devotion, and advances praise into rapture .""You grow correct that once with rapture writ."
    • v. t Rapture To transport with excitement; to enrapture.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rapture A violent taking and carrying away; seizure; forcible removal.
    • n rapture Violent transporting movement; a rapid carrying or going along; moving energy.
    • n rapture A state of mental transport or exaltation; ecstasy. Ecstatic pleasure; rapt delight or enjoyment; extreme joy over or gladness on account of something.
    • n rapture Ecstatic elevation of thought or feeling; lofty or soaring enthusiasm; exalted or absorbing earnestness.
    • n rapture A manifestation of mental transport; an ecstatic utterance or action; an expression of exalted or passionate feeling of any kind; a rhapsody.
    • n rapture An ecstasy of passionate excitement; a paroxysm or fit from excessive emotion.
    • n rapture Synonyms Transport, bliss, exaltation.
    • rapture To enrapture.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rapture rap′tūr a seizing and carrying away: extreme delight: transport: ecstasy
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  • C. E. Montague
    C. E. Montague
    “A lie will easily get you out of a scrape, and yet, strangely and beautifully, rapture possesses you when you have taken the scrape and left out the lie.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “The rapture of pursuing is the prize the vanquished gain.”
  • Robert Browning
    “That's the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over, lest you should think he never could recapture the first fine careless rapture!”
  • Ernest Becker
    Ernest Becker
    “For man, maximum excitement is the confrontation of death and the skillful defiance of it by watching others fed to it as he survives transfixed with rapture.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. rapere, raptum, to carry off by force. See Rapid


In literature:

He kneeled to kiss her; they embraced rapturously.
"Married Life" by May Edginton
Expressions of rapture generally show a lack of breeding because as a rule they are exaggerated, therefore untrue.
"The Honorable Miss" by L. T. Meade
You can't expect us to go into raptures at this stage over an old ditch.
"Joy in the Morning" by Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews
I was received at home with rapture.
"The Man Without a Country and Other Tales" by Edward E. Hale
Then she let it out in one long sigh of rapture.
"Polly of the Hospital Staff" by Emma C. Dowd
Madame Recamier had great triumphs which secured to her moments of rapture.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 84, October, 1864" by Various
Violet listened in the rapture of anticipation.
"For Woman's Love" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
There's a particular kind of rapture that comes when you're looking at an impersonal thing.
"The Judge" by Rebecca West
You grow correct, that once with rapture writ, And are, besides, too moral for a wit.
"English Satires" by Various
Each in turn is interrupted by Tannhaeuser, who, with ever-growing vehemence, scoffs at the pale raptures of his friends.
"The Opera" by R.A. Streatfeild

In poetry:

Wonder and Rapture. To my soul
God's fair works Wonder showed;
And fairer, far more glorious,
Through Rapture's eyes they glowed.
"Immortal Eve - I" by Manmohan Ghose
I never watched with purer joy
The floating clouds and glowing skies,
While glistening tears of rapture fill
These old and fading eyes.
"I'm Growing Old" by Anonymous Americas
In his voice was the throb and rapture
Which they struggle in vain to reach,
For their's but bear the burden
That is under human speech.
"The House Of The Singing Birds" by Alexander Anderson
The hearts that throbbed with rapture
In dreams of the future years,
Are wakened from their slumbers,
And their visions drowned in tears.
"Over The Eyes Of Gladness" by James Whitcomb Riley
My bosom heaves, remembering yet
The morning of that blissful day,
When Rose, the flower of spring, I met,
And gave my raptured soul away.
"The Last Blossom" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Oh, what spotless, rapturous music!
Heaven's gates seemed open wide,
And I stood there clear and spotless,
Near the Saviour's spotless side.
"Spotless (James 1:21)" by Frank Barbour Coffin

In news:

According to the Oakland Tribune, Family Radio spent more than $100 million over the past seven years publicizing the Rapture.
Oops, he missed it again — the date for the rapture, that is.
Whenever the name of this prized downtown attraction is mentioned, eyes close in rapture and turn to the heavens.
Author's note: For the past few weeks I let my parents use the Motorola Rapture , as I'm a busy guy with busy smart-ish phone needs and they just need to be able to make calls.
Camping, 89, has twice predicted the rapture -- first in 1994 and again this past May 21.
Posts Tagged ' rapture .
As you have probably already heard, there is a prediction that the Rapture is coming tomorrow.
Pigs & Whiskey at Rapture .
Rapture chef Chris Humphrey and the crew will let the pigs out December 7.
Rapture is the final book in Lauren Kate's Fallen series.
A California preacher is back to - once again - insist that the Rapture is coming.
Tired of waiting of the rapture .
Recent " rapture " Stories, Video and Galleries.
It would appear the end of the world is not so near as 6 pm comes and goes on the East coast with no rapture .
The Rapture Talk Baseball, Seattle, Postpunk Redux, And Their Difficult Second Album.

In science:

Shifrin, Symmetry problems in the elasticity theory problem for plane cracks of normal rapture, Prikl.
Symmetry problems 2
As the line “Fab 5 Freddy told me everybody’s fly” from Blondie’s Rapture predicts, this term also enables cosmic acceleration and an asymptotic de Sitter behavior, indeed in multiple ways.
Fab 5: Noncanonical Kinetic Gravity, Self Tuning, and Cosmic Acceleration