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From Old French estaise ‎(ecstasy, rapture), from Late Latin extasis, from Ancient Greek ἔκστασις ‎(ékstasis), from ἐξίστημι ‎(exístēmi, I displace), from ἐκ ‎(ek, out) and ἵστημι ‎(hístēmi, I stand).


ecstasy ‎(countable and uncountable, plural ecstasies)

Ecstasy (MDMA) tablets
  1. Intense pleasure.
    • Shakespeare
      This is the very ecstasy of love.
    • Milton
      He on the tender grass / Would sit, and hearken even to ecstasy.
  2. A state of emotion so intense that a person is carried beyond rational thought and self-control.
  3. A trance, frenzy, or rapture associated with mystic or prophetic exaltation.
    • Dryden
      like a mad prophet in an ecstasy
  4. (obsolete) Violent emotion or distraction of mind; excessive grief from anxiety; insanity; madness.
    • Shakespeare
      That unmatched form and feature of blown youth / Blasted with ecstasy.
    • Marlowe
      Our words will but increase his ecstasy.
  5. (slang) The drug MDMA, a synthetic entactogen of the methylenedioxyphenethylamine family, especially in a tablet form.
  6. (medicine, dated) A state in which sensibility, voluntary motion, and (largely) mental power are suspended; the body is erect and inflexible; but the pulse and breathing are not affected.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Mayne to this entry?)



  • (intense pleasure): agony

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ecstasy m (usually uncountable, plural ecstasys)

  1. ecstasy (drug)