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ecstasy -- as in: a state of ecstasy
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  • Babbitt paid his bill, said adequately, "Oh, keep the change," and drove off in an ecstasy of honest self-appreciation.
  • It was ecstasy to escape from the table, from the torture of a straight chair, and loll on the davenport in the living-room.
  • When she had firmly returned him to his group, he remembered, by a connection quite untraceable, that his mother’s mother had been Scotch, and with head thrown back, eyes closed, wide mouth indicating ecstasy, he sang, very slowly and richly, "Loch Lomond."
  • He had a certain ecstasy in the pain when she gnawed at the cuticle of his nails with a sharp knife.
  • He wanted to be near her, on pretense of helping her, yet he wanted to remain in this still ecstasy.
  • He was plumply pleased by salutes on the street from unknown small boys; his ears were tickled to ruddy ecstasy by hearing himself called "Colonel;" and if he did not attend Sunday School merely to be thus exalted, certainly he thought about it all the way there.
  • And always, with the ecstasy of youth meeting greatness, he marveled, "That little fuzzy-face there, why, he could make me or break me!

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  • the agony and the ecstasy of intense sports competition
  • The sculpture is called "The Ecstasy of Saint Theresa."

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