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exhilaration

[ig-zil-uh-rey-shuh n] /ɪgˌzɪl əˈreɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
exhilarated condition or feeling.
2.
the act of exhilarating.
Origin of exhilaration
1615-1625
First recorded in 1615-25, exhilaration is from the Late Latin word exhilarātiōn- (stem of exhilarātiō). See exhilarate, -ion
Synonyms
1. animation, joyousness, jollity, hilarity.
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  • It was an exhilaration even to look at that embodiment of physical development.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • A single glass of champagne imparts a feeling of exhilaration.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • Then, from an undercurrent of exhilaration, it occurred to her that she had never laughed so in all these years.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • Words cannot express the feeling of exhilaration that comes to one at such a time.

    The Long Labrador Trail Dillon Wallace
  • The use of symbols has a certain power of emancipation and exhilaration for all men.

    Essays, Second Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
Word Origin and History for exhilaration
n.

1620s, from Late Latin exhilarationem (nominative exhilaratio), noun of action from past participle stem of exhilarare (see exhilarate).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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