[ ig-zuhlt ]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to show or feel a lively or triumphant joy; rejoice exceedingly; be highly elated or jubilant: They exulted over their victory.

  2. 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)

Other words for exult

Other words from exult

  • ex·ult·ing·ly, adverb
  • self-ex·ult·ing, adjective

Words that may be confused with exult

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How to use exult in a sentence

  • Arizona is no longer the sun-drenched home of the Grand Canyon, golf courses, and retirees exulting in 100-degree lethargy.

  • I let him go on, exulting in the discovery that he was a liar, for I knew that it pushed me a step towards recovery.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • She now returned with wealth, with elevated rank, with brilliant reputation, and exulting in conscious power.

  • They now grew distinctly assiduous in the payment of a series of return calls upon their lately exulting Kurdish enemies.

    The Cradle of Mankind | W.A. Wigram
  • There remained, says their exulting historian, not a man or a woman, not a warrior or child of the Pequod name.

  • And she continued to make these tests happily, exulting like a child when it first walks alone.

    The Hidden Places | Bertrand W. Sinclair

British Dictionary definitions for exult


/ (ɪɡˈzʌlt) /

  1. to be joyful or jubilant, esp because of triumph or success; rejoice

  2. (often foll by over) to triumph (over); show or take delight in the defeat or discomfiture (of)

Origin of exult

C16: from Latin exsultāre to jump or leap for joy, from saltāre to leap


See exalt

Derived forms of exult

  • exultation (ˌɛɡzʌlˈteɪʃən), noun
  • exultingly, adverb

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