Ec"sta*sy (?), n.; pl. Ecstasies (#). [F. extase, L. ecstasis, fr. Gr. , fr. to put out of place, derange; = out + to set, stand. See Ex-, and Stand.] [Also written extasy.]


The state of being beside one's self or rapt out of one's self; a state in which the mind is elevated above the reach of ordinary impressions, as when under the influence of overpowering emotion; an extraordinary elevation of the spirit, as when the soul, unconscious of sensible objects, is supposed to contemplate heavenly mysteries.

Like a mad prophet in an ecstasy. Dryden.

This is the very ecstasy of love. Shak.


Excessive and overmastering joy or enthusiasm; rapture; enthusiastic delight.

He on the tender grass Would sit, and hearken even to ecstasy. Milton.


Violent distraction of mind; violent emotion; excessive grief of anxiety; insanity; madness.


That unmatched form and feature of blown youth Blasted with ecstasy. Shak.

Our words will but increase his ecstasy. Marlowe.

4. Med.

A state which consists in total suspension of sensibility, of voluntary motion, and largely of mental power. The body is erect and inflexible; the pulsation and breathing are not affected.



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Ec"sta*sy, v. t.

To fill ecstasy, or with rapture or enthusiasm.


The most ecstasied order of holy . . . spirits. Jer. Taylor.


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