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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. 2018.
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  • A note of exultation in his laugh, like that in a blackbird's call, alone proclaimed it.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • Into his voice came a tone of exultation indescribably ghastly.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Concerning Linda she could not resist a feeling of exultation.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • She had gone home with a feeling of uplift and exultation in her heart.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Mr Plornish could not conceal his exultation in her accomplishments as a linguist.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • This woman enjoyed the same sort of exultation in her own cleverness.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • He walked along the apartments with the stride of exultation and triumph.

    Imogen William Godwin
Word Origin and History for exultation

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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