EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR RAPT

Every woman will read the story of my life with rapt attention because of the Secret.

That night, she lay awake for one rapt hour, and then she slept the sleep of conquerors.

Dorcas was alive to the rapt contagion, and her own blood thrilled.

We stood in rapt contemplation for a few moments, and then walked away.

His ear drank in the voice of the tempest; he was rapt in attention to the roaring thunder.

Wrayson involuntarily followed the direction of their rapt gaze.

As for me, I was too big to run, too rapt to resist the magic and surprise.

One man was talking, and the rest were listening with rapt interest.

She dropped her hand, and glided toward him, while he watched her, curious and rapt.

He spoke in rapt sentences, as if he were looking on a vision.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "carried away in an ecstatic trance," from Latin raptus, past participle of rapere "seize, carry off" (see rape (v.)). A figurative sense, the notion is of "carried up into Heaven (bodily or in a dream)," as in a saint's vision. Latin literal sense of "carried away" was in English from 1550s. In 15c.-17c. the word also sometimes could mean "raped." Sense of "engrossed" first recorded c.1500. As a past participle adjective, in English it spawned the back-formed verb rap "to affect with rapture," which was common c.1600-1750.

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