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[ih-buhl-yuh ns, ih-boo l-] /ɪˈbʌl yəns, ɪˈbʊl-/
high spirits; exhilaration; exuberance.
a boiling over; overflow.
Also, ebulliency.
Origin of ebullience
First recorded in 1740-50; ebulli(ent) + -ence
Related forms
nonebullience, noun
nonebulliency, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It is this ebullience of youthful energy, this inexhaustible vitality, which is the admiration and despair of his contemporaries.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • The spring was stirring everywhere, and Robert raced along, feeling in every vein a life, an ebullience akin to that of nature.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • For Southeys well known rejoinder to this ebullience of schematism, see Life and Correspondence, ii.

  • It is full of remarkable qualities: wit, humour, an ebullience of animal spirits that is Rabelaisian.

    Old Familiar Faces Theodore Watts-Dunton
  • This was a bit of his clowning humor, a purely manufactured and as it were mechanical joke or ebullience of soul.

    Twelve Men Theodore Dreiser
  • Until a few years ago the State confined its ebullience in matters educational to the Board Schools.

Word Origin and History for ebullience

1749, from Latin ebullientem, present participle of ebullire (see ebullient + -ence). Related: Ebulliency (1670s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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