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[ik-sahyt-muh nt] /ɪkˈsaɪt mənt/
an excited state or condition.
something that excites.
Origin of excitement
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English excitament encouragement < Medieval Latin excitāmentum. See excite, -ment
Related forms
hyperexcitement, noun
superexcitement, noun
1. perturbation, commotion, ado.
1. serenity.
Synonym Study
1. See agitation. Unabridged
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  • The fun and the excitement of the game are more than the game.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • He was calm of face, but she guessed an excitement beneath the surface.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • For the remainder of that day, poor George was in a regular whirl of excitement.

    Life in London Edwin Hodder
  • Mr. Brunton, with eyes flashing with excitement, turned to the medical man.

    Life in London Edwin Hodder
  • She untied the bit of calico string with fingers that shook from excitement.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
British Dictionary definitions for excitement


the state of being excited
a person or thing that excites; stimulation or thrill
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Word Origin and History for excitement

early 15c., "encouragement;" c.1600, "something that tends to excite," from excite + -ment. Meaning "condition of mental and emotional agitation" is from 1846.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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excitement in Medicine

excitement ex·cite·ment (ĭk-sīt'mənt)
An emotional state characterized by its potential for impulsive or poorly controlled activity.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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