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[eg-zuhl-tey-shuh n, ek-suhl-] /ˌɛg zʌlˈteɪ ʃən, ˌɛk sʌl-/
the act of exulting; lively or triumphant joy, as over success or victory.
Also, exultancy
[ig-zuhl-tn-see] /ɪgˈzʌl tn si/ (Show IPA),
Origin of exultation
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin ex(s)ultātiōn- (stem of ex(s)ultātiō), equivalent to ex(s)ultāt(us) (past participle of ex(s)ultāre to exult) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonexultation, noun
self-exultation, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But this was a slight vexation in the exultance of her mood.

    The Cup of Fury Rupert Hughes
  • Forbes felt no longer an exultance at falling in with these people.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • They felt their bodies sway under the effects of acceleration and exultance filled them.

  • His chief sensation was one of utter loneliness, mingled with exultance at freedom.

    The Rough Road

    William John Locke
  • There was an exultance about his bearing and a keenness like that of a hunting animal catching the fresh scent of game.

Word Origin and History for exultance



early 15c., from Old French exultacion, from Latin exultationem/exsultationem, noun of action from past participle stem of exultare/exsultare, frequentative of exsilire "leap out or up" (see exult). Notion is of leaping or dancing for joy. An Old English word for it was heahbliss "high bliss."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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