[ih-ley-shuh n]


a feeling or state of great joy or pride; exultant gladness; high spirits.

Origin of elation

1350–1400; Middle English elacioun (< Anglo-French) < Latin ēlātiōn- (stem of ēlātiō), equivalent to ēlāt(us) (see elate) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsself-e·la·tion, noun
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Contemporary Examples of elation

Historical Examples of elation

  • Pat's elation lasted him overnight and even well on into the next day.

  • My father is a man who seldom gives way to any elation of mind.

    Vivian Grey

    Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli

  • Tom returned, with eyes shining, and cheeks flushed with elation.

  • This gave him no elation, because he had taken it for granted she would receive him.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill

  • Ah, that day of the 18th of March, the elation and enthusiasm that it aroused in Maurice!

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for elation



joyfulness or exaltation of spirit, as from success, pleasure, or relief; high spirits
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Word Origin and History for elation

late 14c., from Old French elacion "elation, conceit, arrogance, vanity," from Latin elationem (nominative elatio), noun of action from elatus "elevated," form used as past participle of efferre, from ex- "out" + latus (see oblate (n.)), past participle of ferre "carry" (see infer). Metaphoric sense of "lifting spirits" was in Latin and has always been the principal meaning in English.

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