Rapture is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
When learning new words, it's important to see how they're used, or to see them in the different contexts in which they're often used, and that's just what we'll do to help you better understand rapture (and many other English words!). By seeing different ways you can use rapture in a sentence, as well as synonyms and antonyms of rapture, you will have a much better grasp on how it should be used, and you'll feel more confortable with using it much sooner.
Below you will find the definition of rapture, followed by 42 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - a state of elated bliss
EXAMPLES - Rapture in a Sentence
- To be near the loved _One_, -- what a rapture is his (source)
- Voices raised in rapture echoed through the Sistine Chapel. (source)
- You think the rapture is the beginning of peace for those left??? (source)
- For a memory recalling the rapture of earth, and redeeming the sky, (source)
- We don't have to worry about the future because the rapture is coming. (source)
- (The English word rapture comes from the Latin verb meaning caught up.) (source)
- He rose slowly and, recalling the rapture of his sleep, sighed at its joy. (source)
- From what I read, Bukiet believes that rapture is not part of physical nature. (source)
- The word rapture was made up by some woman in the early 1900's replacing harvest. (source)
- The word rapture is not found in the Bible, but rather taken from the New Greek word (source)
- Over a period of three months, he spent long hours in rapture studying the paintings. (source)
- I think that people who believe some 19th century claptrap about "rapture" are idiots. (source)
- My clergy spouse and I found ourselves defining the word "rapture" at an interfaith table. (source)
- Then for the hundredth time she blissfully recalled the rapture that was hers as she first lay in (source)
- Critics of the rapture doctrine are quick to point out that the word rapture does not appear in the Bible. (source)
- D15AV0W3D: @rapture, what was the map called? rapture: Was probably the most creative map I've ever seen in a Halo game. (source)
- Urania, or a Sappho full of the deity, and with eyes fixed on the heavens in poetic rapture, that is what I would put into her! (source)
- I'd like to understand where they are coming from, but each time they lose me when they use language like the 'rapture' or 'eternal damnation'. (source)
- Yet lurking within his rapture was a mystery of regret: a reasonless sense of loss, as if the old feeling had been something he would have kept. (source)
- Sometimes a hyped film can be two hours of that feeling where the audience has been preprogrammed to sit in "rapture" because they've been told so. (source)
- LAHAYE: Well, first of all, the reason rapture doesn't occur is because rapture comes from a Latin word in the fourth century, Jerome when he translated it. (source)
- When I am tempted to wind up my line, and give the whole thing up in despair, I revive my flagging enthusiasm by recalling the rapture of my earlier catches. (source)
- Don't you think that maybe the rapture is a fabrication of evil to deceive people into thinking that all they have to do is belive, instead of behave as best they can? (source)
- The word rapture is the Latin version of a phrase the Bible uses to describe the catching away of all Christians, both dead and alive, on the earth at the appointed time. (source)
- "Ignore the fact that rapture is a part of life, that reality is sometimes just incomprehensibly weird;" Rapture is a feeling, and obviously part of a character's internal life. (source)
- A sizable portion of our citizenry is locked into a suicidal religious psychosis called the rapture cult, which believes in burning up the environment, leading to a nuclear armageddon. (source)
- One thing all the proponents of the so-called rapture have over-looked is a prophetic event that will leave them all standing around looking stupid and wondering why they all got left behind. (source)
- Of course, the country has another aspect. in spring and early summer; I saw it at a sad moment; but, all allowance made for seasons, it is still with wonder that one recalls the rapture of the poets. (source)
- And just before the tribulation breaks out, there will be a "rapture" -- the true believers will be snatched up to a position halfway between heaven and earth, where they will ride out the seven bad years. (source)
- An ecstasy is called a rapture inasmuch as God does thereby rapt us, and raise us up to himself, and a rapture is termed an ecstasy, because by it we go and remain out of, and above, ourselves, to be united to God. (source)
- Now what is there in those intellectual images, forms, or ideas, which begets that approbation, love, delight, and even rapture, which is seen in some persons 'faces upon having those objects present to their minds? (source)
- That election night, American liberals were over the moon in rapture, and American voters had proven that they could elect a black man to their highest office and put their nation's great original sin of race behind them. (source)
- Incidentally I have not been able to find anywhere, where it is recorded anywhere, that the - so called rapture theory - ever existed before 1580 A. D & if anyone reading this can show me otherwise I would be most interested. (source)
- Particularly the most elevated sensation of music arises from a confused perception of ideal or visionary beauty and rapture, which is sufficiently perceivable to fire the imagination, but not clear enough to become an object of knowledge. (source)
- Bush is pretending to be that messianic figure, relying on a heretical interpretation of the Bible called the rapture cult, which says that the current material reality will be firestormed away, and replaced by a new heaven and a new earth. (source)
- In all its burnished majesty his gallery refuses us unearned solace and one by one by one each photograph unveils us, asserting a beauty, a kind of rapture, that is as close as can be to a master template of the singularity, the community, the unextinguishable sacredness of the human race. " (source)
- I would wager a bet that this conflict is as much perpetrated and prolonged by a manipulative media which feeds it for nefarious reasons that NONE of us can fathom (don't rule out the third party in this conflict; namely the rapture-right crazies who are invested in it up to their nutty little heads). (source)
- I would wager a bet that this conflict is as much perpetrated and prolonged by a manipulative media which feeds it for nefarious reasons that NONE of us can fathom (don't rule out the third party in this conflict; namely the rapture-right crazies who are invested in it up to their nutty little eyeballs). (source)
- Hence when he is withdrawn from the apprehension of sensibles, he is said to be carried away, even though he be uplifted to things whereunto he is directed naturally: provided this be not done intentionally, as when a man betakes himself to sleep which is in accordance with nature, wherefore sleep cannot be called rapture, properly speaking. (source)
- The fact is, AIPAC currently has a vise-grip on congressional legislative policy built upon the support of a 20% minority of American Jews and from support of Christian Zionists -- evangelicals who want to see violence because that is part of the predicted series of steps that will lead to the return of the Messiah and the "rapture," which will yank all good Christians into heaven. (source)
- It occurs to me that the return of the Old Ones in the Lovecraftian mythos shares quite a lot of things with the other hoary staples of western mythology; of Armageddon and Apocalypse, of the fear of total nuclear annihilation that those of my generation grew up with, even - to pull a science-fictional twist - of the singularity (which isn't known as the rapture of the nerds for nothing). (source)
- It seems to me, also, that the rapture was a great help to recognise our true home, and to see that we are pilgrims here;  it is a great thing to see what is going on there and to know where we have to live; for if a person has to go and settle in another country, it is a great help to him, in undergoing the fatigues of his journey, that he has discovered it to be a country where he may live in the most perfect peace. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 42 example sentences provided below is 53.0, which suggests that "rapture" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 40 synonyms for rapture.
Elysium, at-oneness, beatitude, bliss, buoyancy, cheer, cloud nine, communion, contentment, cool, delectation, ecstasy, elation, enchantment, enjoyment, enthusiasm, euphoria, exaltation, exhilaration, felicity, gaiety, gladness, glory, good spirits, gratification, heaven, inspiration, joy, jubilation, nirvana, paradise, passion, pleasure, ravishment, rhapsody, satisfaction, seventh heaven, spell, transport, well-being
We have 18 antonyms for rapture.
depression, despair, dislike, dissatisfaction, gloom, hate, hatred, hell, indifference, melancholy, misery, need, sadness, sorrow, unhappiness, upset, want, woe
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of rapture from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) The state of being transported by a lofty emotion; ecstasy.
- (noun) An expression of ecstatic feeling. Often used in the plural.
- (noun) The transporting of a person from one place to another, especially to heaven.
- (verb-transitive) To enrapture.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) Extreme pleasure, happiness or excitement.
- (noun) In some forms of fundamentalist Protestant eschatology, the event when Jesus returns and gathers the souls of living believers. (Usually "the rapture.")
- (noun) The act of kidnapping or abducting, especially the forceful carrying off of a woman.
- (noun) Rape; ravishment; sexual violation.
- (noun) The act of carrying, conveying, transporting or sweeping along by force of movement; the force of such movement; the fact of being carried along by such movement.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) A seizing by violence; a hurrying along; rapidity with violence.
- (noun) 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.
- (noun) A spasm; a fit; a syncope; delirium.
- (verb-transitive) To transport with excitement; to enrapture.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) A violent taking and carrying away; seizure; forcible removal.
- (noun) Violent transporting movement; a rapid carrying or going along; moving energy.
- (noun) A state of mental transport or exaltation; ecstasy.
- (noun) Ecstatic elevation of thought or feeling; lofty or soaring enthusiasm; exalted or absorbing earnestness.
- (noun) A manifestation of mental transport; an ecstatic utterance or action; an expression of exalted or passionate feeling of any kind; a rhapsody.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) a state of elated bliss
- (noun) a state of being carried away by overwhelming emotion