ecstatica

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Etymology[edit]

From New Latin, from Ancient Greek ἐκστατικός (ekstatikós).

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Noun[edit]

ecstatica (plural ecstaticas)

  1. (obsolete or historical) A woman perceived to have a highly sensitive emotional state, or prone to quasi-mystical trances.
    • 1891, Julian Ochorowicz, Joseph Fitzgerald, Mental suggestion
      The ecstaticas sometimes divined thoughts, but Father Surin must know beforehand what the thoughts were; else the thing did not work.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 256:
      She was known to the T.W.I.T. as an “ecstatica,” a classification enjoying apparently somewhat more respect than a common medium.