excitement

[ ik-sahyt-muhnt ]
/ ɪkˈsaɪt mənt /

noun

an excited state or condition.
something that excites.

Nearby words

  1. excitative,
  2. excitatory postsynaptic potential,
  3. excite,
  4. excited,
  5. excited state,
  6. exciter,
  7. exciter lamp,
  8. exciting,
  9. exciting eye,
  10. excito-

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

Synonym study

1. See agitation.

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British Dictionary definitions for excitement

excitement

/ (ɪkˈsaɪtmənt) /

noun

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

excitement

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for excitement

excitement

[ ĭk-sītmənt ]

n.

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

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