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exhilaration

[ig-zil-uh-rey-shuh n]
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noun
  1. exhilarated condition or feeling.
  2. the act of exhilarating.

Origin of exhilaration

First recorded in 1615–25, exhilaration is from the Late Latin word exhilarātiōn- (stem of exhilarātiō). See exhilarate, -ion

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1. animation, joyousness, jollity, hilarity.
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Examples from the Web for exhilaration

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Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • 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 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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