[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 exultancy

Historical Examples of exultancy

  • He thought he saw in him an exultancy which could only come from his late experiences in the field.

    No Defense, Complete

    Gilbert Parker

  • The voice of the Prussian was full and vibrant with exultancy.

    Red Masquerade

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • The beauty of rhythmic movement, the joy of living and of being young, exultancy, baldanza–these are what they express for us.

    The Story of Florence

    Edmund G. Gardner

  • She had turned her frank gaze to Hugh in mingled wonder, exultancy, and distress.

    Gideon's Band

    George W. Cable

Word Origin and History for exultancy



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