What does rapture mean?

Definitions for rapture
ˈræp tʃərrap·ture

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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


  1. rapturenoun

    Extreme pleasure, happiness or excitement.

  2. rapturenoun

    In some forms of fundamentalist Protestant eschatology, the event when Jesus returns and gathers the souls of living believers. (Usually "the rapture.")

  3. rapturenoun

    The act of kidnapping or abducting, especially the forceful carrying off of a woman.

  4. rapturenoun

    Rape; ravishment; sexual violation.

  5. rapturenoun

    The act of carrying, conveying, transporting or sweeping along by force of movement; the force of such movement; the fact of being carried along by such movement.

  6. raptureverb

    to experience great happiness or excitement

  7. raptureverb

    to cause to experience great happiness or excitement

  8. raptureverb

    to take part in the Rapture

  9. Rapturenoun

    a prophesied sudden removal of Christian believers from the Earth before the Tribulation or simultaneous with the second coming of Jesus Christ

  10. Etymology: rapere, to take away or snatch out.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. RAPTUREnoun

    Musick, when thus applied, raises in the mind of the hearer great conceptions; it strengthens devotion, and advances praise into rapture. Joseph Addison, Spectator, № 406.

    You grow correct, that once with rapture writ. Alexander Pope.

    The wat’ry throng,
    Wave rowling after wave, where way they sound,
    If steep, with torrent rapture; if through plain
    Soft-ebbing; nor withstood them rock or hill. John Milton.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rapturenoun

    a seizing by violence; a hurrying along; rapidity with violence

  2. Rapturenoun

    the state or condition of being rapt, or carried away from one's self by agreeable excitement; violence of a pleasing passion; extreme joy or pleasure; ecstasy

  3. Rapturenoun

    a spasm; a fit; a syncope; delirium

  4. Raptureverb

    to transport with excitement; to enrapture


  1. Rapture

    The Rapture is an indie rock band based in New York City. The band mixes influences from many genres including post-punk, acid house, disco, electronica and rock, pioneering the post-punk revival genre. They were forerunners of the post-punk revival of the early 2000s, as they mixed their early post-punk sound with electronic and dance elements.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rapture

    rap′tūr, n. a seizing and carrying away: extreme delight: transport: ecstasy.—adj. Rap′tūred.—n. Rap′tūrist (Spens.), one filled with rapture.—adj. Rap′tūrous, seizing and carrying away: ecstatic.—adv. Rap′tūrously.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rapture in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rapture in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of rapture in a Sentence

  1. George Gordon Byron:

    There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar I love not Man the less, but Nature more.

  2. Allison Kearney:

    Laughter is complete rapture vocalized.

  3. Shah Asad Rizvi:

    Sense this feeling, one of rapture, one of healing, of peace to the mind, of light to the soul, as you dance

  4. Ben Carson:

    I don't believe in a secret rapture, where people just, he's just sitting here one minute and he disappears.

  5. D. H. Lawrence:

    We ought to dance with rapture that we might be alive - and part of the living, incarnate cosmos.

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