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[ig-zuhlt] /ɪgˈzʌlt/
verb (used without object)
to show or feel a lively or triumphant joy; rejoice exceedingly; be highly elated or jubilant:
They exulted over their victory.
Obsolete. to leap, especially for joy.
Origin of exult
1560-70; < Latin ex(s)ultāre to leap up, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + -sultāre (combining form of saltāre to leap)
Related forms
exultingly, adverb
self-exulting, adjective
Can be confused
exalt, exult.
1. delight, glory, revel. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for exult
Historical Examples
  • I exult in my freedom from a self-reproach, which would have been altogether insupportable under the kindness of which you speak.'

    The Secret Memoirs of Louis XV./XVI, Complete Madame du Hausset, an "Unknown English Girl" and the Princess Lamballe
  • But we would he knew that the strong do not exult in their strength, nor the wise in their wisdom.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • The big woodsman, his rebellion once started, seemed to exult in it.

  • For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony.

    Personality in Literature Rolfe Arnold Scott-James
  • They are desperate, then, and seem to exult in devilry of all kinds.

    A Final Reckoning G. A. Henty
  • Inhuman methods for inhuman foes, Who feed on horrors and exult in woes.

    Custer, and Other Poems. Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  • But I shall not let you exult over my falling into one of these well-laid traps.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • It is a joyous spirit which causes "the bones of man to exult."

  • Yon demon,” cried he, “shall at least not live to exult over our death.

    Wood Rangers Mayne Reid
  • But the Incorruptible, ever envious and jealous, would not allow him to exult too soon.

    The Elusive Pimpernel Baroness Emmuska Orczy
British Dictionary definitions for exult


verb (intransitive)
to be joyful or jubilant, esp because of triumph or success; rejoice
(often foll by over) to triumph (over); show or take delight in the defeat or discomfiture (of)
Derived Forms
exultation (ˌɛɡzʌlˈteɪʃən) noun
exultingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin exsultāre to jump or leap for joy, from saltāre to leap
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for exult

1560s, "to leap up;" 1590s, "to rejoice, triumph," from Middle French exulter, from Latin exultare/exsultare "leap about, leap for joy," frequentative of exsilire "to leap up," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + salire "to leap" (see salient (adj.)). The notion is of leaping or dancing for joy. Related: Exulted; exulting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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