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[ih-ley-shuh n] /ɪˈleɪ ʃən/
a feeling or state of great joy or pride; exultant gladness; high spirits.
Origin of elation
1350-1400; Middle English elacioun (< Anglo-French) < Latin ēlātiōn- (stem of ēlātiō), equivalent to ēlāt(us) (see elate) + -iōn- -ion
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self-elation, noun Unabridged
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  • There is in his manner also a something which I do not much like—a species of suppressed triumph, of elation.

    The Man Upstairs P. G. Wodehouse
  • "I have made my bargain," the professor answers, in a tone of elation.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • At the hospital that morning, I was in such good spirits that I had some difficulty in keeping my elation within bounds.

    The House Opposite Elizabeth Kent
  • I left school also—with a mixture of hope and elation, and yet the most poignant regret.

    The Martian George Du Maurier
  • His elation was so extreme that he quite forgot to eat, till the closing in of darkness put an end to his practice.

    In the Morning of Time Charles G. D. Roberts
British Dictionary definitions for elation


joyfulness or exaltation of spirit, as from success, pleasure, or relief; high spirits
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Word Origin and History for elation

late 14c., from Old French elacion "elation, conceit, arrogance, vanity," from Latin elationem (nominative elatio), noun of action from elatus "elevated," form used as past participle of efferre, from ex- "out" + latus (see oblate (n.)), past participle of ferre "carry" (see infer). Metaphoric sense of "lifting spirits" was in Latin and has always been the principal meaning in English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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