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Rap (verb active)

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To Rap. v.a. [from rapio extra se, Lat.]

  1. To affect with rapture; to strike with extasy; to hurry out of himself.

    These are speeches of men, not comforted with the hope of that they desire, but rapped with admiration at the view of enjoyed bliss. Hooker.

    Beholding the face of God, in admiration of so great excellency, they all adore him; and being rapt with the love of his beauty, they cleave inseparably for ever unto him. Hook.

    What, thus raps you? are you well? Shakesp.

    The government I cast upon my brother,
    And to my state grew stranger, being transported
    And rapt in secret studies.
    Shakesp.

    You're rapt in some work, some dedication
    To the great lord.
    Shakesp. Timon of Athens.

    I'm rapt with joy to see my Marcia's tears. Addis. Cato.

    It is impossible duly to consider these things, without being rapt into admiration of the infinite wisdom of the divine architect. Cheyne's Philosophical Principles.

    Rapt into future times, the bard begun,
    A virgin shall conceive, a virgin bear a son!
    Pope.

    Let heav'n seize it, all at once 'tis fir'd,
    Not touch'd, but rapt; not waken'd, but inspir'd.
    Pope.

  2. To snatch away.

    He leaves the welkin way most beaten plain,
    And rapt with whirling wheels, inflames the skyen,
    With fire not made to burn, but fairly for to shyne.
    F. Q.

    Underneath a bright sea flow'd
    Of jasper, or of liquid pearl, whereon
    Who after came from earth, sailing arriv'd
    Wafted by angels, or flew o'er the lake
    Rap'd in a chariot drawn by fiery steeds.
    Milton.

    Standing on earth, not rapt above the pole. Milton.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Cheyne, George (26) · Shakespeare's Cymbeline (73) · Hooker, Richard (175) · Milton, John (449) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Spenser, Edmund (254) · Shakespeare's Tempest (50) · Shakespeare's Timon of Athens (32)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Rap (verb active)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: November 12, 2012. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=5421.


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