"characteristic of, or of the nature of, rhapsody; exalted or exaggeratedly enthusiastic, marked by extravagance of idea and expression," 1782, from Latinized form of Greek rhapsōdikos "of or for a rhapsodist," from rhapsōidia (see rhapsody). Related: Rhapsodical; Rhapsodically (c. 1600).
rhapsodic(al). The short form is now usually limited to the original sense 'of the Greek rhapsodes', while -ical has usually & might well have only the secondary sense of ecstatically expressed or highflown [Fowler]
updated on August 08, 2021
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