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[ig-zuhlt] /ɪgˈzʌlt/
verb (used without object)
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
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.
1. delight, glory, revel. Unabridged
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  • He had feared even while he exulted, and exulted when plunged deep in fears.

    Tommy and Grizel J.M. Barrie
  • Emancipists sat on these juries, and exulted in the privilege.

  • Tupcombe exulted for the moment, though he could hardly have justified his exultation.

    A Group of Noble Dames Thomas Hardy
  • Gulwing was smart but he was not so smart as Marr—Marr exulted to himself.

    Sundry Accounts Irvin S. Cobb
  • He embraced me cordially; and I exulted in the thought, that I now had him actually in Caledonia.

  • And when Milt wasn't unromantically thinking of his cold back, he exulted.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • Upborne by an unwavering trust, untouched by doubt or fear, he exulted in all he saw.

    South Sea Tales Jack London
  • He exulted at the swiftness with which a distant group of trees shot at him, under him.

    The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis
  • She would have withstood him, but she could not; and there was that within her that rejoiced, that exulted, because she could not.

    The Lamp in the Desert Ethel M. Dell
British Dictionary definitions for exulted


verb (intransitive)
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)
Derived Forms
exultation (ˌɛɡzʌlˈteɪʃən) noun
exultingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin exsultāre to jump or leap for joy, from saltāre to leap
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for exulted



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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