From Old French estaise (“ecstasy, rapture”), from Late Latin extasis, from Ancient Greek ἔκστασις (ékstasis), from ἐξίστημι (eksístēmi, “I displace”), from ἐκ (ek, “out”) and ἵστημι (hístēmi, “I stand”).
- Intense pleasure.
- This is the very ecstasy of love.
- He on the tender grass / Would sit, and hearken even to ecstasy.
- A state of emotion so intense that a person is carried beyond rational thought and self-control.
- A trance, frenzy, or rapture associated with mystic or prophetic exaltation.
- like a mad prophet in an ecstasy
- (obsolete) Violent emotion or distraction of mind; excessive grief from anxiety; insanity; madness.
- That unmatched form and feature of blown youth / Blasted with ecstasy.
- Our words will but increase his ecstasy.
- (slang) The drug MDMA, a synthetic entactogen of the phenethylamine family.
- (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.
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- (intense pleasure): agony
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ecstasy m (usually uncountable, plural ecstasys)
- ecstasy (drug)