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Rapture

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Rápture. n.s.

  1. Ecstasy; transport; violence of any pleasing passion; enthusiasm; uncommon heat of imagination.

    Musick, when thus applied, raises in the mind of the hearer great conceptions; it strengthens devotion, and advances praise into rapture. Addison's Spectator, № 406.

    You grow correct, that once with rapture writ. Pope.

  2. Rapidity; haste.

                  The wat'ry throng,
    Wave rowling after wave, where way they found,
    If steep, with torrent rapture; if through plain
    Soft-ebbing; nor withstood them rock or hill.
    Milton.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Milton, John (449) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Spectator (140)

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