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 for rapture
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rapture \Rap"ture\ (r[a^]p"t[-u]r; 135), n. [L. rapere, raptum,
     to carry off by force. See Rapid.]
     1. A seizing by violence; a hurrying along; rapidity with
        violence. [Obs.]
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              That 'gainst a rock, or flat, her keel did dash
              With headlong rapture.                --Chapman.
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     2. The state or condition of being rapt, or carried away from
        one's self by agreeable excitement; violence of a pleasing
        passion; extreme joy or pleasure; ecstasy.
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              Music, when thus applied, raises in the mind of the
              hearer great conceptions; it strengthens devotion,
              and advances praise into rapture.     --Addison.
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              You grow correct that once with rapture writ.
                                                    --Pope.
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     3. A spasm; a fit; a syncope; delirium. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     Syn: Bliss; ecstasy; transport; delight; exultation.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rapture \Rap"ture\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Raptured (-t[-u]rd;
     135); p. pr. & vb. n. Rapturing.]
     To transport with excitement; to enrapture. [Poetic]
     --Thomson.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  rapture
      n 1: a state of being carried away by overwhelming emotion;
           "listening to sweet music in a perfect rapture"- Charles
           Dickens [syn: ecstasy, rapture, transport,
           exaltation, raptus]
      2: a state of elated bliss [syn: ecstasy, rapture]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  79 Moby Thesaurus words for "rapture":
     abandon, affection, affectionateness, amativeness, amorousness,
     beatification, beatitude, bewitchment, blessedness, bliss,
     blissfulness, cheer, cheerfulness, cloud nine, craze, delectation,
     delight, delirium, demonstrativeness, dharana, dhyana, ecstasis,
     ecstasy, ecstatics, elation, enchantment, euphoria, exaltation,
     exhilaration, exuberance, felicity, fire and fury, frenzy, furor,
     furore, fury, gaiety, gladness, glee, goatishness, happiness,
     heaven, high spirits, horniness, hypnosis, hysteria, intoxication,
     joy, joyance, joyfulness, joyousness, lovelornness, lovesickness,
     madness, orgasm, orgy, overhappiness, overjoyfulness, paradise,
     passion, pleasure, rage, ravishment, rhapsody, romanticism,
     samadhi, sentimentality, seventh, seventh heaven, sexiness,
     sunshine, susceptibility, tearing passion, thrill, towering rage,
     trance, transport, unalloyed happiness, yoga trance
  
  

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