Rapture

Noun

  • Extreme pleasure, happiness or excitement.
  • (obsolete) Rape; ravishment; sexual violation.
  • (obsolete) The act of kidnapping or abducting, especially the forceful carrying off of a woman.
  • A spasm; a fit; a syncope; delirium.
  • In some forms of fundamentalist Protestant eschatology, the event when Jesus returns and gathers the souls of living believers. (Usually "the rapture.")
  • (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.

Verb

  • (uncommon) To state (something, transitive) or talk (intransitive) rapturously.
  • (dated, transitive) To cause to experience great happiness or excitement.
  • (rare, intransitive) To take part in the Rapture; to leave Earth and go to Heaven as part of the Rapture.
  • (transitive) To take (someone) off the Earth and bring (them) to Heaven as part of the Rapture.
  • (dated, intransitive) To experience great happiness or excitement.

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