- 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
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Examples from the Web for exulted
“A great victory for the people of Massachusetts,” Warren exulted.Scott Brown-Elizabeth Warren Contest in Massachusetts: Ugliest Senate Race
September 28, 2012
The Americans exulted at the failure of the man-of-war's man, and the English doubted.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
The Germans then exulted in the fact that not a Russian was left on German soil.
"We must go back," she told him and exulted in his moodiness.The Innocent Adventuress
Mary Hastings Bradley
Locked in the room, going down to certain death, he exulted.Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective
Ellis Parker Butler
He exulted thus at the idea that he had "paid out the stuck-up beggar after all."Lord Jim
- 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)
Word Origin and History for exulted
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.