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The Rapture is a term in Christian eschatology which refers to the "being caught up" discussed in 1 Thessalonians 4:17, when the "dead in Christ" and "we who are alive and remain" will be "caught up in the clouds" to meet "the Lord".

rapture n 1: a state of being carried away by overwhelming emotion; "listening to sweet music in a perfect rapture"- Charles Dickens [syn: {ecstasy}, {transport}, {exaltation}, {raptus}] 2: a state of elated bliss [syn: {ecstasy}]

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Rapture \Rap"ture\ (r[a^]p"t[-u]r; 135), n. [L. rapere, raptum, to carry off by force. See {Rapid}.] 1. A seizing by violence; a hurrying along; rapidity with violence. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] That 'gainst a rock, or flat, her keel did dash With headlong rapture. --Chapman. [1913 Webster] 2. 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. [1913 Webster] Music, when thus applied, raises in the mind of the hearer great conceptions; it strengthens devotion, and advances praise into rapture. --Addison. [1913 Webster] You grow correct that once with rapture writ. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 3. A spasm; a fit; a syncope; delirium. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster] Syn: Bliss; ecstasy; transport; delight; exultation. [1913 Webster]

Rapture \Rap"ture\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Raptured} (-t[-u]rd; 135); p. pr. & vb. n. {Rapturing}.] To transport with excitement; to enrapture. [Poetic] --Thomson. [1913 Webster]


In Christianity and Islam, the Second Coming of Christ, the second advent, sometimes called the parousia, is the anticipated return of Jesus Christ to Earth.

Second Coming n : (Christian theology) the reappearance of Jesus as judge for the Last Judgment [syn: {Second Coming of Christ}, {Second Advent}, {Advent}, {Parousia}]

Coming \Com"ing\, n. 1. Approach; advent; manifestation; as, the coming of the train. [1913 Webster] 2. Specifically: The Second Advent of Christ, called usually the {second coming}. [1913 Webster] {Coming in}. (a) Entrance; entrance way; manner of entering; beginning. ``The goings out thereof, and the comings in thereof.'' --Ezek. xliii. 11 (b) Income or revenue. ``What are thy comings in?'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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  • rapture: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • rapture: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
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  • second-coming: WordNet (r) 2.0
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