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Borrowed from Ancient Greek ἐκστατικός (ekstatikós). By surface analysis, ecstasy +‎ -tic.


  • IPA(key): /ɛkˈstætɪk/
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ecstatic (comparative more ecstatic, superlative most ecstatic)

  1. Feeling or characterized by ecstasy.
    • 1749, [John Cleland], “[Letter the First]”, in Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure [Fanny Hill], volume I, London: [] G. Fenton [i.e., Fenton and Ralph Griffiths] [], →OCLC, page 194:
      [W]hilſt he heſitated there, the criſis of pleaſure overtook him, and the cloſe compreſſure of the vvarm ſurrounding fold, drevv from him the extatic guſh, even before mine vvas ready to meet it, kept up by the pain I had endur'd in the courſe of the engagement, from the unſufferable ſize of his vveapon, tho' it vvas not as yet in above half its length.
    • 1837, Michael Ryan, The Philosophy of Marriage, in Its Social, Moral, and Physical Relations; with an Account of the Diseases of the Genito-urinary Organs which Impair or Destroy the Reproductive Function; and Induce a Variety of Complaints; with the Physiology of Generation in the Vegetable and Animal Kingdoms [...], London: John Churchill, Princes' Street, Soho, →OCLC, page 191:
      The moment of ejaculation in mammiferous animals is accompanied by universal excitement of the whole body, a kind of slight convulsion, which terminates in a comatose or exstatic state.
  2. Extremely happy.
  3. Relating to, or caused by, ecstasy or excessive emotion.
    ecstatic gaze    ecstatic trance
    • 1649, Henry Hammond, The Pastor's Motto:
      this ecstatic fit of love and jealousy




ecstatic (plural ecstatics)

  1. (in the plural) Transports of delight; words or actions performed in a state of ecstasy.
    • 1819, Lord Byron, Don Juan, III.11:
      I think that Dante's more abstruse ecstatics / Meant to personify the Mathematics.
  2. A person in a state of ecstasy.
    • 1993, William A. Graham, Beyond the written word: oral aspects of scripture in the history of religion, Cambridge University Press, page 65:
      If there is anything that can be called protoscripture, it is surely the utterances of ecstatics, prophets and seers...