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as in:  a state of ecstasy

the agony and the ecstasy of intense sports competition
  a state of intense happiness
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ecstasy ecstasies
Strongly Associated with:   ecstatic
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  • the agony and the ecstasy of intense sports competition
  • The sculpture is called "The Ecstasy of Saint Theresa."
  • At best, Ecstasy users are in danger of neurotoxicity and overheating. Additionally, Ecstasy pills are notoriously impure.
  • And that night we knew that to hold the body of women in our arms is neither ugly nor shameful, but the one ecstasy granted to the race of men.
    Ayn Rand  --  Anthem

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  • The helpless ecstasy of losing himself in her was opiate rather than tonic.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Winter Dreams
  • She fastened it round her throat, outside her high-necked waist, and was lost in ecstasy at her reflection in the mirror.
    Guy de Maupassant  --  The Diamond Necklace
  • (She flings her arms wide in an ecstasy of realization) Oh, earth, you’re too wonderful for anyone to realize you!
    Thornton Wilder  --  Our Town
  • And to both, bee and flower, the giving and the receiving of pleasure is a need and an ecstasy.
    Kahlil Gibran  --  The Prophet
  • They say people who die from ecstasy die from overheating.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • He seemed to be alone, and the absence of pain was pure ecstasy.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials

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  • They are all peaks, no valleys—a single, infinite burst of marital ecstasy.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • It happened so fast, she didn’t have time to die of ecstasy or embarrassment.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • I exclaimed in ecstasy, seizing the Tumi.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • A week later three photographs appeared in the newspapers of this blatantly sexual act with Sir John also in the picture chatting casually to the woman whose face was in the throes of ecstasy.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • And I feel pretty safe saying that I rarely read anything for pleasure, although I’ve derived what I could call pure ecstasy obsessing over lines from T. S. Eliot or Gerard Manley Hopkins, my little Oxford English Dictionary, magnifying glass in hand, hellbent on getting at that one true meaning.
    Kaye Gibbons  --  My Mother, Literature, and a Life Split Neatly into Two Halves
  • She cried out in ecstasy, with marvelous shrieks, all flowing out of some primitive source of rapture quite beyond normal sensations of sweet peril.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • She expects me to roll my eyes in ecstasy, the way she does; she expects me to groan.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Right before I told him he should go, I was pretty sure I’d made a sound that was a cross between a sigh of sheer bliss and a moan of ecstasy.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • Alec was almost dancing in ecstasy, his arthritic form capering up and down in the hay.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • She took him in, fast and deep, her hands pressed to her own breasts as the first wave of ecstasy swamped her.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • I was transported by ecstasy in Samuel’s arms.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • "Harry Potter risks his own life for his friends!" moaned Dobby in a kind of miserable ecstasy.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • A serene sky and verdant fields filled me with ecstasy.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • In the ecstasy of that thought they gambolled round and round, they hurled themselves into the air in great leaps of excitement.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • They’re nearly incoherent between the alcohol they’ve consumed and their ecstasy at being at such a grand affair.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • "Hallelujah," said Granma, and she rocked a little, back and forth, trying to catch hold of an ecstasy.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • When gripped in the ecstasy of an assault, he wailed and howled, drooling and frothing, sometimes sobbing, tears running down his cheeks.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • We had been through the agony and now the ecstasy of Easter was just ahead.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • Then she flounced over to the dog, kissed it with ecstasy, and swept into the kitchen, implying that a dozen chefs awaited her orders there.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • The moment of her release from him was ecstasy.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • It’s not the combination of holy sacrament, Indian torture and sexual ecstasy that you seem to make of it.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • No tongue can express the ecstasies and transports that my soul felt at the happy deliverance.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • I closed my eyes in languorous ecstasy and waited, waited with beating heart.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • On the other hand, he was also enjoying the ecstasy of an idea, not daring just yet to envision its complications, dangers, and vicious absurdities.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • He prayed, and prayed aloud, no longer terrified at the sound of his own voice, for he fell into a sort of ecstasy.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • In what ecstasy of unhappiness I got these broken words out of myself, I don’t know.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Every time I see a female nude, such as the Venus in my art history book, I go into ecstasy.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • He wanted all to lie in an ecstasy of peace; I wanted all to sparkle and dance in a glorious jubilee.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • A boy with a lip piercing and a teddy bear backpack was handing out free tablets of herbal ecstasy, his parachute pants flapping in the breeze from the wind machine.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • O love! be moderate; allay thy ecstasy; In measure rain thy joy; scant this excess; I feel too much thy blessing; make it less, For fear I surfeit!
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • I danced and capered round the tree in an ecstasy.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • Mrs. Tony’s ecstasy was divine.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • They stayed in this amorous ecstasy until Pedro lowered his eyes and stared steadily at Tita’s breasts.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • We both went on patting and stroking Jasper, who, unaccustomed to such attention, rolled over on his back in ecstasy.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • I’d taken him by the neckband of his cassock, and, in a sort of ecstasy of joy and rage, I poured out on him all the thoughts that had been simmering in my brain.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • He smiles in closed-eyed ecstasy.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • Thought soars to ecstasy.
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • The men around the tables were watching as if in ecstasy, their faces glowing with pride.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • Is that you, Mr. Bumble, sir?’ said Mrs. Mann, thrusting her head out of the window in well-affected ecstasies of joy.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Some of her friends smoked pot, a few did cocaine or ecstasy, and one even had a nasty meth habit.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
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Associated words [difficulty]:   ecstasy [1] , ecstatic [2]
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