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(religious enthusiasm*). Abnormal mental condition or state of exaltation or rapture that preoccupies mind and feelings. In the practice of some heathen religions narcotics, intoxicants, and other means are used to experience the ecstatic state. Some Christian sects use fasting, contemplation, music, psychol., emotional appeals. See also Mysticism.

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