see also: Rapture
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈɹæptʃɚ/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈɹaptʃə/
  • (New Zealand) IPA: /ˈɹɛptʃɘ/


  1. Extreme pleasure, happiness or excitement.
    • Music, when thus applied, raises noble hints in the mind of the hearer, and fills it with great conceptions. It strengthens devotion, and advances praise into rapture{{...}
    • 2014, Paul Doyle, "Southampton hammer eight past hapless Sunderland in barmy encounter ↗", The Guardian, 18 October 2014:
      Sunderland’s right-back, Santiago Vergini, inadvertently gave Southampton the lead by lashing the ball into his own net in the 12th minute, and that signalled the start of a barmy encounter that had home fans in raptures and Sunderland in tatters.
    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot Chapter VII
      My heart filled with rapture then, and it fills now as it has each of the countless times I have recalled those dear words, as it shall fill always until death has claimed me. I may never see her again; she may not know how I love her--she may question, she may doubt; but always true and steady, and warm with the fires of love my heart beats for the girl who said that night: "I love you beyond all conception."
  2. In some forms of fundamentalist Protestant eschatology, the event when Jesus returns and gathers the souls of living believers. (Usually "the rapture.")
  3. (obsolete) The act of kidnapping or abducting, especially the forceful carrying off of a woman.
  4. (obsolete) Rape; ravishment; sexual violation.
  5. (obsolete) The act of carrying, conveying, transporting or sweeping along by force of movement; the force of such movement; the fact of being carried along by such movement.
    • That 'gainst a rock, or flat, her keel did dash / With headlong rapture.
    • 1888 James Russell Lowell, Agassiz 6.1.21:
      With the rapture of great winds to blow / About earth's shaken coignes.
  6. A spasm; a fit; a syncope; delirium.
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rapture (raptures, present participle rapturing; past and past participle raptured)

  1. (dated, transitive) To cause to experience great happiness or excitement.
    • 2012, The Books They Gave Me: True Stories of Life, Love, and Lit, page 138:
      She raptured me in summer by giving me Fitzgerald's flawed and gorgeous masterpiece, the book that held his tortured heart.
  2. (dated, intransitive) To experience great happiness or excitement.
  3. (transitive) To take (someone) off the Earth and bring (them) to Heaven as part of the Rapture.
    • 2001, Allan Appel, Club Revelation: A Novel, page 320:
      "If she's raptured," Ellen said to them on the fifth night after Marylee's disappearance, as they sat on the roof of the building on their old beanbags and rusting garden furniture hauled up from the Museum, "if that's what happened to her, then […] "
    • 2007, Leon L. Combs, A Search For Reality ↗ page 46
      These fiction books told the story of some church people who were raptured but focused on the people who were not raptured.
    • 2010, Gerald Mizejewski, ‎Jerimiah Asher, Charting the Supernatural Judgements of Planet Earth (page 233)
      The third person raptured by God into heaven was Elijah […]
    • 2011, Lexi George, Demon Hunting in Dixie ISBN 0758271816
      “Praise the Lord, he's been raptured.” Good grief. “I don't think so, Mrs. Farris. 'Course, I'm Episcopalian, and I'm pretty sure we don't get raptured. But, Baptists get raptured, don't they?”
  4. (rare, intransitive) To take part in the Rapture; to leave Earth and go to Heaven as part of the Rapture.
  5. (uncommon) To state (something, transitive) or talk (intransitive) rapturously.
    • 1885, Edward Everett Hale, G.T.T.; or, The Wonderful Adventures of a Pullman, page 158:
      And then the flowers! May-day indeed. Hester had been in Switzerland at the end of June, years on years before, and often had she raptured to Effie about the day's ride, in which they collected a hundred varieties of flowers, most of them new to them.
    • 2003, Jessica Peers, Asparagus Dreams, page 75:
      Pulling her leggings down over unshaven legs, she raptured "I'm dry!" to her audience.
    • 2003, Beverly Adam, Irish Magic, page 121:
      They're called angora with wonderfully long, soft fleece,” she raptured on about her first venture.

Proper noun
  1. (Christianity) a prophesied sudden removal of Christian believers from the Earth before the Tribulation or simultaneous with the second coming of Jesus Christ

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