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[eg-zuhl-tey-shuh n, ek-suhl-]
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  1. the act of exulting; lively or triumphant joy, as over success or victory.
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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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  • A note of exultation in his laugh, like that in a blackbird's call, alone proclaimed it.


    William J. Locke

  • Into his voice came a tone of exultation indescribably ghastly.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Concerning Linda she could not resist a feeling of exultation.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • She had gone home with a feeling of uplift and exultation in her heart.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • Mr Plornish could not conceal his exultation in her accomplishments as a linguist.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

Word Origin and History for exultation


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."

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