Ecstasy

Definition of Ecstasy

Ec´sta`sy
n.1.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.
- Dryden.
This is the very ecstasy of love.
- Shak.
2.Excessive and overmastering joy or enthusiasm; rapture; enthusiastic delight.
He on the tender grass
Would sit, and hearken even to ecstasy.
- Milton.
3.Violent distraction of mind; violent emotion; excessive grief of anxiety; insanity; madness.
That unmatched form and feature of blown youth
Blasted with ecstasy.
- Shak.
Our words will but increase his ecstasy.
- Marlowe.
4.(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.
v. t.1.To fill ecstasy, or with rapture or enthusiasm.
The most ecstasied order of holy . . . spirits.
- Jer. Taylor.

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