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exult

[ig-zuhlt] /ɪgˈzʌlt/
verb (used without object)
1.
to show or feel a lively or triumphant joy; rejoice exceedingly; be highly elated or jubilant:
They exulted over their victory.
2.
Obsolete. to leap, especially for joy.
Origin of exult
1560-1570
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.
Synonyms
1. delight, glory, revel.
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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

exult

/ɪɡˈzʌlt/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to be joyful or jubilant, esp because of triumph or success; rejoice
2.
(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
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Word Origin and History for exult
v.

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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