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Etymology [ edit ]
Old French estaise ( “ ecstasy, rapture ” ), from Late Latin , from extasis Ancient Greek ἔκστασις ( ékstasis ), from ἐξίστημι ( exístēmi, “ I displace ” ), from ἐκ ( ek, “ out ” ) and ἵστημι ( hístēmi, “ I stand ” ).
ecstasy ( , countable and uncountable plural ) ecstasies
1599, William Shakespeare, , Act II, Scene 1, Hamlet 
This is the very
ecstasy of love, / Whose violent property fordoes itself / And leads the will to desperate undertakings / As oft as any passion under heaven / That does afflict our natures.
1634, John Milton, , lines 623-5, Comus 
He loved me well, and oft would beg me sing; / Which when I did, he on the tender grass / Would sit, and hearken even to
state of emotion so intense that a person is carried beyond rational thought and self-control.
1938, George Orwell, , Chapter 14, Homage to Catalonia 
They were thrown into
ecstasies of suspicion by finding that we possessed a French translation of Hitler's Mein Kampf. A
trance, frenzy, or rapture associated with mystic or prophetic exaltation.
1692, John Dryden, Cleomenes, Act IV, Scene I, 
What! are you dreaming, Son! with Eyes cast upwards / Like a mad Prophet in an
( obsolete ) Violent emotion or distraction of mind; excessive grief from anxiety; insanity; madness.
1590, Christopher Marlowe, , Act I, The Jew of Malta 
Come, let us leave him; in his ireful mood / Our words will but increase his
1599, William Shakespeare, , Act III, Scene 1, Hamlet 
And I, of ladies most deject and wretched, / That suck'd the honey of his music vows, / Now see that noble and most sovereign reason, / Like sweet bells jangled, out of tune and harsh; / That unmatch'd form and feature of blown youth / Blasted with
( slang ) The drug MDMA, a synthetic entactogen of the methylenedioxyphenethylamine family, especially in a tablet form.
( 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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Translations [ edit ]
trance associated with mystic or prophetic exaltation
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Portuguese [ edit ]
ecstasy ( m usually uncountable, plural ) ecstasys
ecstasy ( drug )