What does rapture mean?

Definitions for rapture
ˈræp tʃərrap·ture

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ecstasy, rapture, transport, exaltation, raptus(noun)

    a state of being carried away by overwhelming emotion

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

  2. ecstasy, rapture(noun)

    a state of elated bliss


  1. rapture(Noun)

    Extreme pleasure, happiness or excitement.

    Etymology: rapere, to take away or snatch out.

  2. rapture(Noun)

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

    Etymology: rapere, to take away or snatch out.

  3. rapture(Noun)

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

    Etymology: rapere, to take away or snatch out.

  4. rapture(Noun)

    Rape; ravishment; sexual violation.

    Etymology: rapere, to take away or snatch out.

  5. rapture(Noun)

    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.

    Etymology: rapere, to take away or snatch out.

  6. rapture(Verb)

    to experience great happiness or excitement

    Etymology: rapere, to take away or snatch out.

  7. rapture(Verb)

    to cause to experience great happiness or excitement

    Etymology: rapere, to take away or snatch out.

  8. rapture(Verb)

    to take part in the Rapture

    Etymology: rapere, to take away or snatch out.

  9. Rapture(ProperNoun)

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

    Etymology: rapere, to take away or snatch out.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rapture(noun)

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

  2. Rapture(noun)

    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. Rapture(noun)

    a spasm; a fit; a syncope; delirium

  4. Rapture(verb)

    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. Allison Kearney:

    Laughter is complete rapture vocalized.

  2. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.:

    For I say unto you in all sadness of conviction that to think great thoughts you must be heroes as well as idealists. Only when you have worked alone -- when you have felt around you are a black gulf of solitude more isolating than that which surrounds the dying man, and in hope and despair have trusted to your own unshaken will -- then only can you gain the secret isolated joy of the thinker, who knows that a hundred years after he is dead and forgotten men who have never heard of him will be moving to the measure of his thought -- the subtle rapture of postponed power, which the world knows not because it has no external trappings, but which to his prophetic vision is more real than that which commands an army. And if this joy should not be yours, still it is only thus you can know that you have done what lay in you to do -- can say that you have lived, and be ready for the end.

  3. Ben Carson:

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

  4. D. H. Lawrence:

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

  5. Publius Ovidius NasoOvid:

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

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    a small contrasting part of something
    • A. impounding
    • B. maculation
    • C. confrere
    • D. callathump

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