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


  • IPA(key): /ˈɛk.stə.si/
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ecstasy (countable and uncountable, plural ecstasies)

Ecstasy (MDMA) tablets
  1. Intense pleasure.
    Synonym: rapture
    Antonym: agony
  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.
    • 1692, John Dryden, Cleomenes[1], act IV, scene I:
      What! are you dreaming, Son! with Eyes cast upwards / Like a mad Prophet in an Ecstasy?
  4. (obsolete) Violent emotion or distraction of mind; excessive grief from anxiety; insanity; madness.
  5. (slang) The drug MDMA, a synthetic entactogen of the methylenedioxyphenethylamine family, especially in a tablet form.
    Synonyms: MDMA, molly, (modern vernacular) E, eckie, ecky, XTC, X, thizz, (obsolete) empathy
  6. (medicine, dated) A state in which sensibility, voluntary motion, and (largely) mental power are suspended; the body is erect and inflexible;
    • 1822 April, John Ware, “Dr. Reid's Essays on Hypochondriasis”, in The New-England Journal of Medicine and Surgery, volume 11, number 2, page 185:
      The instant I drew out my case of instruments, the lady roused herself from her ecstasy, and has never had a similar attack.
    • 1835 May 2, Andrew Ellis, “Clinical Lecture on a case of Catalepsy, Occurring in the Jervis-Street Hospital, Dublin”, in The Lancet, volume 2, page 130:
      Ecstasy bears a strong resemblance to catalepsy: in both cases the patients, during the paroxysm, lose all connexion with the physical world, being deprived of sense and voluntary motion; but in ecstasy, associations of the most pleasing and enchanting nature are established with an ideal existence in an unknown region, which might perhaps be poetically designated the fairy land of an undescried Elysium.
    • 1885, James Ross, Handbook of the Diseases of the Nervous System, page 344:
      In ecstasy the mind is absorbed with some fixed idea, generally of a religious character, and the patient becomes oblivious of surrounding events and objects.

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ecstasy (third-person singular simple present ecstasies, present participle ecstasying, simple past and past participle ecstasied)

  1. (intransitive) To experience intense pleasure.
  2. (transitive) To cause intense pleasure in.
    • 2011, Richard Francis Burton, Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Meccah, →ISBN:
      Ali Agha jumped up, seized the visitor by the shoulder, compelled him to sit down, and, ecstasied by the old man's horror at the scene, filled a tumbler, and with the usual grotesque grimaces insisted upon his drinking it.



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Borrowed from English ecstasy.


  • IPA(key): /ˈɛk.stə.si/, /ˈɛ
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  • Hyphenation: ec‧sta‧sy


ecstasy m (uncountable)

  1. ecstasy (MDMA, recreational drug)


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Unadapted borrowing from English ecstasy, from Old French estaise, from Latin ecstasis, from Ancient Greek ἔκστασις (ékstasis).


  • IPA(key): /ɛkˈsta.zɨ/
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  • Rhymes: -azɨ
  • Syllabification: ec‧sta‧sy


ecstasy n (indeclinable)

  1. ecstasy (synthetic entactogen of the methylenedioxyphenethylamine family, especially in a tablet form)

Further reading[edit]

  • ecstasy in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • ecstasy in Polish dictionaries at PWN



ecstasy m (usually uncountable, plural ecstasys)

  1. ecstasy (drug)