- A seizing by violence; a hurrying along; rapidity with violence.(Obs)"That 'gainst a rock, or flat, her keel did dash With headlong rapture." [Chapman.]
- 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."Music, when thus applied, raises in the mind of the hearer great conceptions; it strengthens devotion, and advances praise into rapture." [Addison.]"You grow correct that once with rapture writ." [Pope.]
- A spasm; a fit; a syncope; delirium.(Obs)synonyms: Bliss; ecstasy; transport; delight; exultation.
Etymology: L. rapere raptum, to carry off by force. See Rapid