[ih-buhl-yuh ns, ih-boo l-]


high spirits; exhilaration; exuberance.
a boiling over; overflow.

Also e·bul·lien·cy.

Origin of ebullience

First recorded in 1740–50; ebulli(ent) + -ence
Related formsnon·e·bul·lience, nounnon·e·bul·lien·cy, noun
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Examples from the Web for ebullience

Historical Examples of ebullience

  • It is this ebullience of youthful energy, this inexhaustible vitality, which is the admiration and despair of his contemporaries.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • The spring was stirring everywhere, and Robert raced along, feeling in every vein a life, an ebullience akin to that of nature.

    Robert Elsmere

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • For Southeys well known rejoinder to this ebullience of schematism, see Life and Correspondence, ii.

  • It is full of remarkable qualities: wit, humour, an ebullience of animal spirits that is Rabelaisian.

    Old Familiar Faces

    Theodore Watts-Dunton

  • This was a bit of his clowning humor, a purely manufactured and as it were mechanical joke or ebullience of soul.

    Twelve Men

    Theodore Dreiser

Word Origin and History for ebullience

1749, from Latin ebullientem, present participle of ebullire (see ebullient + -ence). Related: Ebulliency (1670s).

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