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[ig-zuhl-tnt] /ɪgˈzʌl tnt/
exulting; highly elated; jubilant; triumphant.
Origin of exultant
1645-55; < Latin ex(s)ultant- (stem of ex(s)ultāns), present participle of exultāre to exult; see -ant
Related forms
exultantly, adverb
nonexultant, adjective
nonexultantly, adverb
unexultant, adjective
unexultantly, adverb Unabridged
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  • Many thousands had fallen and the Southern generals were exultant.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Then she was exultant, filled with enthusiastic pride in him.

    Doctor Pascal Emile Zola
  • "O, you shall hear," she promised tearfully, exultant to prove him wrong.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • On from field to field, the line of gray followed in exultant pursuit.

    Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
  • He felt his craft vibrate to the exultant cheers of the fleet.

    When the Sleepers Woke Arthur Leo Zagat
  • And Gyp, drawing a long, exultant breath, dropped her chin on her knees.


    Jane Abbott
  • Ashton stared moodily into the exultant face of the engineer.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet
British Dictionary definitions for exultant


elated or jubilant, esp because of triumph or success
Derived Forms
exultance, exultancy, noun
exultantly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for exultant

1650s, from Latin exultantem/exsultantem, present participle of exultare/exsultare (see exult). Related: Exultantly.

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