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Definition a state of intense happiness

More rarely, ecstasy is used as the street name of an illegal drug known to produce feelings of euphoria, but associated with damage of the central nervous system.

Still more rarely, ecstasy can reference a trance, frenzy, or altered state of consciousness marked by overwhelming emotion — especially joy from a religious experience.
  • the agony and the ecstasy of intense sports competition
ecstasy = a state of intense happiness
  • 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.
  • (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
  • ecstasy = state of intense happiness
  • They say people who die from ecstasy die from overheating.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • ecstasy = the street name of an illegal drug known to produce feelings of euphoria, but associated with damage of the central nervous system
  • 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
  • ecstasy = a state of intense happiness
  • And to both, bee and flower, the giving and the receiving of pleasure is a need and an ecstasy.
    Kahlil Gibran  --  The Prophet
  • ecstasy = a state of intense happiness
  • The helpless ecstasy of losing himself in her was opiate rather than tonic.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Winter Dreams
  • ecstasy = a state of intense happiness
  • 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
  • ecstasy = a state of intense happiness
  • All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and the afterwards it all belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse, and sorrow, the people and places and how the weather was.
    Ernest Hemingway
  • I shall never forget the ecstasy with which I received the intelligence that my old master (Anthony) had determined to let me go to Baltimore...
    Frederick Douglass  --  Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass An American Slave
  • Tom, we know she wasn't," flashed the woman, with all the ecstasy in face and voice.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • Either Oedipa in the orbiting ecstasy of a true paranoia, or a real Tristero.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • HOPE—(looks around him in an ecstasy of bleery sentimental content) Bejees, I'm cockeyed!
    Eugene O'Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • Then amid grins and chuckles and bobbing of curtsies he drove away, leaving ecstasy and nudging elbows and little jumps of joy behind.
    Frances Hodgson Burnett  --  The Secret Garden
  • Ecstasy and mushrooms and acid trips?
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • He longed to recall to her those moments, to make her forget the years of their dull existence together and remember only their moments of ecstasy.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Like a whirling dervish, she throws out her arms, spiraling faster into ecstasy.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • The fire-hating scimitar rang in ecstasy, cleaving the charging beast in half as Drizzt brought it down.
    R.A. Salvatore  --  The Crystal Shard
  • Anyone who could have seen her in front of the mirror, in ecstasy over her own regal gestures, would have had reason to think that she was mad.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude

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