Word of the Week Wednesday

en·rap·ture  (in-ˈrap-chər), verb
1to fill with rapture or delight

Examples of ENRAPTURE

  1. Her melodious voice enraptured the audience.
  2. <enraptured upon learning that he would be attending college on a full sports scholarship>

First Known Use of ENRAPTURE

1740

Related to ENRAPTURE

 

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3 thoughts on “Word of the Week Wednesday

  1. Check out the dark etymology of this nest of Latin words – rapto, raptare (verb) = to seize and carry away, rob, plunder; raptio (noun) = abduct; raptor (another horrible noun) = robber, plunderer; raptus = tearing off, rape, abduction, plunder. The en- prefix is French, I suspect, as in enamour etc. It is great, on the other hand, that rapture, the word that grew from all this horror, is something that, while it still means taken over or possessed of, has reversed its polarity so it means, as you say, delight. How did that happen I wonder..

    Hmm…there is more. I just went to check – rapt from the same family, in medieval times had also the sense of a seizing by religious fervour and vision etc. So there is the link….Sorry, forgive me. I love words, and if this is too silly, and over the top, just delete it!

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