If you’ve ever been so happy that the rest of the world seemed to disappear, you’ve felt ecstasy — a feeling or state of intensely beautiful bliss.

Ecstasy will make you want to write poetry. It happened to John Donne, whose poem “The Ecstasy” is about the feeling of the whole world vanishing when he looks into his lover’s eyes. Sometimes an artist sees a stunning landscape that causes such ecstasy that she has to turn it into a painting. Ecstasy can mean a feeling or it can also be a state of being, so you might say, “I’m in ecstasy because this pumpkin pie tastes so delicious!”

Primary Meanings of ecstasy

a state of elated bliss
street names for methylenedioxymethamphetamine
Full Definitions of ecstasy

n a state of elated bliss

Type of:
bliss, blissfulness, cloud nine, seventh heaven, walking on air
a state of extreme happiness

n a state of being carried away by overwhelming emotion

exaltation, rapture, raptus, transport
Type of:
emotional state, spirit
the state of a person's emotions (especially with regard to pleasure or dejection)

n street names for methylenedioxymethamphetamine

Type of:
MDMA, methylenedioxymethamphetamine
a stimulant drug that is chemically related to mescaline and amphetamine and is used illicitly for its euphoric and hallucinogenic effects; it was formerly used in psychotherapy but in 1985 it was declared illegal in the United States

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