- 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 exulting
At this moment the entire Cathedral seemed living and exulting with joy.The Dream
With an exulting joy I threw myself upon the man as he struggled to rise.City of Endless Night
He was thrilling and exulting in ways new to him and greater to him than any he had known before.White Fang
Thus did Rose rattle on, exulting over the scheme she had devised.Fruitfulness
This exulting announcement greeted Polly as she entered the schoolroom.Polly of Lady Gay Cottage
Emma C. Dowd
- 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 exulting
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.