Definition of ecstasy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈekstəsi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈekstəsi//
    (pl. ecstasies) Addiction
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] a feeling or state of very great happiness synonym bliss
  2. 2 Ecstasy [uncountable] (abbreviation E) an illegal drug, taken especially by young people at parties, clubs, etc. See related entries: Addiction
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (originally referring to an emotional or religious frenzy or trance-like state): from Old French extasie, via late Latin from Greek ekstasis ‘standing outside oneself’, based on ek- ‘out’ + histanai ‘to place’.Extra examples He had never felt such ecstasy as he did that night. I was in sheer ecstasy over the prospect of meeting my idol. Kate closed her eyes in ecstasy at the thought of a cold drink. An ecstasy of bliss poured through me.
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