[eg-zuhl-tey-shuh n, ek-suhl-]


the act of exulting; lively or triumphant joy, as over success or victory.

Also ex·ult·an·cy [ig-zuhl-tn-see] /ɪgˈzʌl tn si/, ex·ult·ance.

Origin of exultation

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin ex(s)ultātiōn- (stem of ex(s)ultātiō), equivalent to ex(s)ultāt(us) (past participle of ex(s)ultāre to exult) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsnon·ex·ul·ta·tion, nounself-ex·ul·ta·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for exultance

Historical Examples of exultance

  • But this was a slight vexation in the exultance of her mood.

    The Cup of Fury

    Rupert Hughes

  • Forbes felt no longer an exultance at falling in with these people.

  • They felt their bodies sway under the effects of acceleration and exultance filled them.

  • His chief sensation was one of utter loneliness, mingled with exultance at freedom.

    The Rough Road

    William John Locke

  • There was an exultance about his bearing and a keenness like that of a hunting animal catching the fresh scent of game.

Word Origin and History for exultance



early 15c., from Old French exultacion, from Latin exultationem/exsultationem, noun of action from past participle stem of exultare/exsultare, frequentative of exsilire "leap out or up" (see exult). Notion is of leaping or dancing for joy. An Old English word for it was heahbliss "high bliss."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper