raptness


raptness

adjective

  1. deeply engrossed or absorbed: a rapt listener.
  2. transported with emotion; enraptured: rapt with joy.
  3. showing or proceeding from rapture: a rapt smile.
  4. carried off spiritually to another place, sphere of existence, etc.

adjective

  1. totally absorbed; engrossed; spellbound, esp through or as if through emotionrapt with wonder
  2. characterized by or proceeding from rapturea rapt smile

adjective

  1. Also: wrapped Australian and NZ informal very pleased: delighted
adj.

late 14c., “carried away in an ecstatic trance,” from Latin raptus, past participle of rapere “seize, carry off” (see rape (v.)). A figurative sense, the notion is of “carried up into Heaven (bodily or in a dream),” as in a saint’s vision. Latin literal sense of “carried away” was in English from 1550s. In 15c.-17c. the word also sometimes could mean “raped.” Sense of “engrossed” first recorded c.1500. As a past participle adjective, in English it spawned the back-formed verb rap “to affect with rapture,” which was common c.1600-1750.

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