- Rapture is a feeling of being carried away by extreme happiness, love or pleasure.
- An example of rapture is how a chocoholic feels when eating chocolate cake.
- An example of rapture is how a flower lover feels when submerged in a flower garden.
A chocoholics rapture.
- the state of being carried away with joy, love, etc.; ecstasy
- an expression of great joy, pleasure, etc.
- a carrying away or being carried away in body or spirit: now rare except in theological usage
Origin of raptureMedieval Latin raptura: see rapt and amp; -ure
in some Christian theologies, the bodily ascent into heaven just before Armageddon of those who are saved (see save, )
- The state of being transported by a lofty emotion; ecstasy.
- often raptures An expression of ecstatic feeling: raptures of joy.
- a. The transporting of a person from one place to another, especially to heaven, by supernatural means.b. Rapture An event in the eschatology of certain Christian groups in which believers in Christ will be taken up to heaven either prior to or at the Second Coming.
transitive verbrap·tured, rap·tur·ing, rap·tures
Origin of raptureObsolete French, abduction, carrying off, from rapt, carried away, from Old French rat, from Latin raptus; see rapt .
- Extreme pleasure, happiness or excitement.
- In some forms of fundamentalist Protestant eschatology, the event when Jesus returns and gathers the souls of living believers. (Usually "the rapture.")
- 1888 James Russell Lowell, Agassiz 6.1.21:
- With the rapture of great winds to blow / About earth's shaken coignes.
- A spasm; a fit; a syncope; delirium.
(third-person singular simple present raptures, present participle rapturing, simple past and past participle raptured)
- (dated) To cause to experience great happiness or excitement.
- (dated, intransitive) To experience great happiness or excitement.
- To take (someone) off the Earth and bring (them) to Heaven as part of the Rapture.
- (rare, intransitive) To take part in the Rapture; to leave Earth and go to Heaven as part of the Rapture.
- (uncommon) To state (something, transitive) or talk (intransitive) rapturously.