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.


  1. Rapture

    The rapture is an eschatological position held by some Christians, particularly those of American evangelicalism, consisting of an end-time event when all Christian believers who are alive, along with resurrected believers, will rise "in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air." The origin of the term extends from Paul the Apostle's First Epistle to the Thessalonians in the Bible, in which he uses the Greek word harpazo (Ancient Greek: ἁρπάζω), meaning "to snatch away" or "to seize," and explains that believers in Jesus Christ would be snatched away from earth into the air.The idea of a rapture as it is currently defined is not found in historic Christianity, and is a relatively recent doctrine. The term is used frequently among fundamentalist theologians in the United States. Rapture has also been used for a mystical union with God or for eternal life in Heaven.This view of eschatology is referred to as premillennial dispensationalism, which is a form of futurism. Differing viewpoints exist about the exact timing of the rapture and whether Christ's return would occur in one event or two. Pretribulationism distinguishes the rapture from the second coming of Jesus Christ mentioned in the Gospel of Matthew, 2 Thessalonians, and Revelation. This view holds that the rapture would precede the seven-year Tribulation, which would culminate in Christ's second coming and be followed by a thousand-year Messianic Kingdom. This theory grew out of the translations of the Bible that John Nelson Darby analyzed in 1833. Pretribulationism is the most widely held view among Christians believing in the rapture today, although this view is disputed within evangelicalism. Some assert a post-tribulational rapture. Most Christian denominations do not subscribe to rapture theology and have a different interpretation of the aerial gathering described in 1 Thessalonians 4. Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, Lutherans, Anglicans, Episcopalians, Presbyterians, the United Church of Christ, most Methodist and Reformed Christians, Unity Church, Latter-day Saints, etc. do not generally use rapture as a specific theological term, nor do they generally subscribe to the premillennial dispensational views associated with its use. Instead these groups typically interpret rapture in the sense of the elect gathering with Christ in Heaven after his second coming and reject the idea that a large segment of humanity will be left behind on earth for an extended tribulation period after the events of 1 Thessalonians 4:17.


  1. rapture

    Rapture can refer to a state of extreme joy, delight, or ecstasy. It can also refer to the belief held by some religious groups that Christians will be taken up to heaven by God during the end times, experiencing a sudden and transformative departure from the earthly world.

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. raptureverb

    Striking with a series of rapid audible blows in order to attract attention to non-believers and unclean species. 1.) A feeling of intense pleasure and joy. 2.) The transporting of believers from Earth to Heaven at the Second Coming of Christ.

    Not one body, soul, or entity can escape the rapture of the Messiah, the Most High, and the Almighty God.

    Etymology: Judgement

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on March 8, 2024  

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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. D. H. Lawrence:

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

  2. Allison Kearney:

    Laughter is complete rapture vocalized.

  3. Publius Ovidius NasoOvid:

    The glow of inspiration warms us it is a holy rapture.

  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. 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.

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