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Borrowed from Ancient Greek ἐκστατικός (ekstatikós). Surface analysis: ecstasy +‎ -atic.


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

  1. Feeling or characterized by ecstasy.
    • 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 243495533, 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
    • (Can we date this quote by Hammond and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      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:
      If there is anything that can be called protoscripture, it is surely the utterances of ecstatics, prophets and seers...