[ ig-zuhlt ]
/ ɪgˈzʌlt /

verb (used without object)

to show or feel a lively or triumphant joy; rejoice exceedingly; be highly elated or jubilant: They exulted over their victory.
Obsolete. to leap, especially for joy.

Nearby words

  1. exudation,
  2. exudation cyst,
  3. exudative inflammation,
  4. exudative retinitis,
  5. exude,
  6. exultant,
  7. exultantly,
  8. exultation,
  9. exumbilication,
  10. exurb

Origin of exult

1560–70; < Latin ex(s)ultāre to leap up, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + -sultāre (combining form of saltāre to leap)

Related formsex·ult·ing·ly, adverbself-ex·ult·ing, adjective

Can be confusedexalt exult

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/ (ɪɡˈzʌlt) /

verb (intr)

to be joyful or jubilant, esp because of triumph or success; rejoice
(often foll by over) to triumph (over); show or take delight in the defeat or discomfiture (of)
Derived Formsexultation (ˌɛɡzʌlˈteɪʃən), nounexultingly, adverb

Word Origin for exult

C16: from Latin exsultāre to jump or leap for joy, from saltāre to leap


See exalt

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Word Origin and History for exult



1560s, "to leap up;" 1590s, "to rejoice, triumph," from Middle French exulter, from Latin exultare/exsultare "leap about, leap for joy," frequentative of exsilire "to leap up," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + salire "to leap" (see salient (adj.)). The notion is of leaping or dancing for joy. Related: Exulted; exulting.

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