What does ecstasy mean?

Definitions for ecstasy
ˈɛk stə siec·sta·sy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ecstasy, rapture, transport, exaltation, raptusnoun

    a state of being carried away by overwhelming emotion

    "listening to sweet music in a perfect rapture"- Charles Dickens

  2. ecstasy, rapturenoun

    a state of elated bliss

  3. Adam, ecstasy, XTC, go, disco biscuit, cristal, X, hug drugnoun

    street names for methylenedioxymethamphetamine


  1. ecstasynoun

    Intense pleasure.

  2. ecstasynoun

    A state of emotion so intense that a person is carried beyond rational thought and self-control.

  3. ecstasynoun

    A trance, frenzy, or rapture associated with mystic or prophetic exaltation.

  4. ecstasynoun

    The drug MDMA, a synthetic entactogen of the phenethylamine family.

  5. Ecstasynoun

    The drug MDMA, a synthetic entactogen of the phenethylamine family.

  6. Etymology: From ἔκστασις, from ἐξίστημι, from ἐκ and ἵστημι.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ECSTASYnoun

    Etymology: ἔιστασις.

    Follow them swiftly,
    And hinder them from what this ecstasy
    May now provoke them to. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    ’T may be
    No longer joy there, but an ecstasy. John Suckling.

    Whether what we call ecstasy be not dreaming with our eyes open, I leave to be examined. John Locke.

    O, love, be moderate! Allay thy ecstasy! William Shakespeare.

    The religious pleasure of a well disposed mind moves gently, and therefore constantly: it does not affect by rapture and ecstasy; but is like the pleasure of health, still and sober. Robert South, Sermons.

    Each delighted, and delighting, gives
    The pleasing ecstasy which each receives. Matthew Prior.

    A pleasure, which no language can express;
    An ecstasy, that mothers only feel,
    Plays round my heart. Ambrose Philips, Distrest Mother.

    He lov’d me well, and oft would beg me sing;
    Which when I did, he on the tender grass
    Would sit, and hearken even to ecstasy. John Milton.

    Sighs and groans, and shrieks that rend the air,
    Are made, not mark’d; where violent sorrow seems
    A modern ecstasy. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Better be with the dead,
    Than on the torture of the mind to lie
    In restless ecstasy. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    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 ecstasy. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.


  1. Ecstasy

    Ecstasy is a song recorded by German electronic dance music DJ ATB, for his fifth studio album No Silence (2004). The track was released as the second single of the album on 5 July 2004, in Germany, and on 5 October 2004 in the US. The song is characterized by its upbeat tone, crisp layering, and memorable intro. Vocals were provided by Tiff Lacey, who is also featured in the song "Marrakech". Ecstasy is among ATB's best known songs. It samples Jocelyn Enriquez's song "A Little Bit of Ecstasy".


  1. ecstasy

    Ecstasy is a state of overwhelming joy, rapture, or extreme happiness. It can also refer to a trance, vision or dream of a mystical nature. Additionally, in a medical or recreational context, ecstasy is a common name for a psychoactive drug (MDMA) known for bringing about feelings of elation, empathy, and increased sensory perception.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ecstasynoun

    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

  2. Ecstasynoun

    excessive and overmastering joy or enthusiasm; rapture; enthusiastic delight

  3. Ecstasynoun

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

  4. Ecstasynoun

    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

  5. Ecstasyverb

    to fill ecstasy, or with rapture or enthusiasm

  6. Etymology: [F. extase, L. ecstasis, fr. Gr. , fr. to put out of place, derange; = 'ek out + to set, stand. See Ex-, and Stand.]


  1. Ecstasy

    Ecstasy is the second mini album by the alternative rock band My Bloody Valentine, released in November 1987 on Lazy Records. Released in a limited edition of 3,000 copies, it was the band's final release for Lazy Records. Ecstasy followed the "bubblegum pop with buzzsaw guitars" formula of My Bloody Valentine's earlier releases for the label and diverged further from their earlier post-punk sound. Upon its release, Ecstasy received moderate critical acclaim. Melody Maker referred to the album as "a series of aloof, pastel washes of sound, suspended guitars, words from the back of beyond tying in to a large, shifting whole" and "larger than the sum of its parts." Ecstasy entered the UK Indie Chart in December 1987 and spent four weeks in total on the chart, peaking at number 12. The album was later reissued alongside My Bloody Valentine's EP Strawberry Wine on the compilation album Ecstasy and Wine.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ecstasy

    ek′sta-si, n. a word applied to states of mind marked by temporary mental alienation and altered or diminished consciousness: excessive joy: enthusiasm, or any exalted feeling.—v.t. to fill with joy.—adjs. Ec′stasied, enraptured; Ecstat′ic, causing ecstasy: amounting to ecstasy: rapturous.—n. one given to ecstasy: something spoken in a state of ecstasy.—adv. Ecstat′ically. [Through O. Fr. and Low L. from Gr. ekstasisek, aside, histanai, to make to stand.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ecstasy in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ecstasy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of ecstasy in a Sentence

  1. Ian Pattison, Rab C. Nesbitt, television series:

    I hate middle age. Too young for the bowling green, too old for Ecstasy.

  2. Emily Elizabeth Dickinson:

    Find ecstasy in life the mere sense of living is joy enough.

  3. Cristina Baker:

    Things started getting really bad when I started doing cocaine, i started doing ecstasy and really heavy drugs. I came so close to overdosing and just being on the brink of losing my life so many times. But when you’re entangled in addiction, you just don’t care about your life. You’re already in so much pain at that point that you start to not even care if you lose it.

  4. AiR:

    Love doesn't happen in a flash... love doesn't happen by chance. True love is an eternal ecstasy That makes your heart and soul dance.

  5. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Drink the ecstasy of life and write about it.

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