[eg-zawl-tey-shuhn, ek-sawl-]


the act of exalting.
the state of being exalted.
elation of mind or feeling, sometimes abnormal or morbid in character; rapture: mystical exaltation; euphoric exaltation.
Chiefly British. a flight of larks.
Astrology. the sign of the zodiac in which the most positive influence of a planet is expressed (opposed to falldef 51).
Chemistry. (formerly) the process of subliming.

Origin of exaltation

1350–1400; Middle English exaltacioun < Latin exaltātiōn- (stem of exaltātiō). See exalt, -ation
Related formshy·per·ex·al·ta·tion, nounself-ex·al·ta·tion, nounsu·per·ex·al·ta·tion, noun

Synonyms for exaltation

Synonym study

3. See ecstasy.
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Examples from the Web for exaltation

Contemporary Examples of exaltation

Historical Examples of exaltation

  • Harriett felt nothing but a strange, solemn excitement and exaltation.

  • So long as she was busy, a sort of exaltation of service upheld her.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • But for all that his exaltation did not subside, but assumed a higher pitch.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

  • Compare that moment of exaltation with the grovelling life of your Christians!

    Lotus Buds

    Amy Carmichael

  • They advanced to the topic again and again, dully, but with exaltation.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

British Dictionary definitions for exaltation



the act of exalting or state of being exalted
a feeling of intense well-being or exhilaration; elation; rapture
a flock of larks
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Word Origin and History for exaltation

late 14c, from Old French exaltacion "enhancement, elevation," from Latin exaltationem (nominative exaltatio) "elevation, pride," from exaltare (see exalt).

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