- 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
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Examples from the Web for exult
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
The big woodsman, his rebellion once started, seemed to exult in it.The Rainy Day Railroad War
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
- 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)
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.