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Origin of excitement

1375–1425; late Middle English excitament encouragement < Medieval Latin excitāmentum. See excite, -ment
Related formshy·per·ex·cite·ment, nounsu·per·ex·cite·ment, noun

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1. See agitation.

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  • The fun and the excitement of the game are more than the game.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • He was calm of face, but she guessed an excitement beneath the surface.

  • For the remainder of that day, poor George was in a regular whirl of excitement.

    Life in London

    Edwin Hodder

  • Mr. Brunton, with eyes flashing with excitement, turned to the medical man.

    Life in London

    Edwin Hodder

  • She untied the bit of calico string with fingers that shook from excitement.

British Dictionary definitions for excitement


  1. the state of being excited
  2. a person or thing that excites; stimulation or thrill
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Word Origin and History for excitement

early 15c., "encouragement;" c.1600, "something that tends to excite," from excite + -ment. Meaning "condition of mental and emotional agitation" is from 1846.

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excitement in Medicine


  1. An emotional state characterized by its potential for impulsive or poorly controlled activity.
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