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.

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

Synonyms for exult

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Examples from the Web for exult

Historical Examples of exult

  • I exult in my freedom from a self-reproach, which would have been altogether insupportable under the kindness of which you speak.'

    The Secret Memoirs of Louis XV./XVI, Complete

    Madame du Hausset, an "Unknown English Girl" and the Princess Lamballe

  • But we would he knew that the strong do not exult in their strength, nor the wise in their wisdom.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • The big woodsman, his rebellion once started, seemed to exult in it.

  • For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony.

    Personality in Literature

    Rolfe Arnold Scott-James

  • They are desperate, then, and seem to exult in devilry of all kinds.

British Dictionary definitions for exult


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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